OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians return home for their final two games of the season, beginning with Wembley Soccer Shop Youth Soccer Night on Saturday, January 26th when they take on the Oly-Pen Force. Kids wearing their youth soccer jerseys get in for just $2 and the Artesians are offering any furloughed federal workers free admission to Saturday’s game and their season finale on February 2nd. It is also 2000s night with music from the 00s, games, prizes, and much more throughout the night. First kick at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College is set for 6:30 PM.
Timberline grad and Evergreen sophomore Collin Tate leads the Artesians (0-7-1) with seven goals this season, his first in the Western Indoor Soccer League. Air Force Captain TJ O’Connor, and Olympia’s Nate Boatright and Chris Pugh trail him with four goals each while 17 year-old Eli Boatright has scored three goals and was named Offensive Player Of The Week for his one goal, one assist effort in a 4-4 draw against the Snohomish Skyhawks two weeks ago. Boatright scored the game tying goal with just 17 seconds left.
Meanwhile, the Oly-Pen Force are still fighting for a playoff spot despite posting a 2-5-1 record. They currently sit in fifth place but are just two points out of third, with the top four teams going to the WISL playoffs. Luis Enrique Hidalgo and former goalkeeper David Meherg lead Oly-Pen with nine goals, but Hidalgo has left the team and is now playing professionally for the Rochester Lancers. In his last game with the Force, he scored a hat trick and chipped in three assists in a 14-4 win over Oly Town on December 23rd.
Tickets for Saturday’s game are available by visiting www.olytownfc.com/tickets or at the door. Regular prices are $8 for adults, $5 for kids 5-12 years-old, and kids under 5 are free. Furloughed federal workers can claim their free ticket by showing a valid federal ID at the door and kids in their youth jerseys get in for $2 at the door. All youth soccer players will be invited on the field for introductions, so they are encouraged to show up 15 minutes before first kick at 6:30. Doors open at 5:45.
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Oly Town Artesians forward Eli Boatright has been voted Western Indoor Soccer League Offensive Player Of The Week for his game tying goal with 17 seconds left and an assist in the Artesians’ 4-4 draw against the Snohomish Skyhawks on Saturday night.
After playing their best quarter of the season in the third quarter of Saturday’s game at Snohomish, the Artesians found themselves down 3-2 early in the fourth quarter and on the ropes. But Oly Town kept fighting and Eli Boatright found Collin Tate on a breakaway and Tate scored to tie the game, 3-3 with 2:49 left.
Snohomish retook the lead, 4-3, with 1:31 left, but again, the Artesians didn’t quit and eventually forced the Skyhawks into a turnover. This time, Tate found Boatright with a pass and the 16 year-old Olympia High School student fought off an experienced defender more than twice his age and buried a shot past a goalkeeper more than twice his age to tie the game 4-4 with just 17 seconds left. Despite allowing the goal, Snohomish goalkeeper Trevor Davoren was voted the WISL’s Defensive POTW.
Boatright, the little brother of longtime Oly Town captain Nate Boatright, has provided a spark for the struggling Artesians indoor program in his first season of indoor soccer, scoring three goals and assisting on three more while playing stronger than his 16 years and standing up to experienced defenders across the league. The draw was the first WISL point for the Artesians in over a year and their first point ever at the Snohomish Soccer Dome against the Skyhawks.
Eli and the rejuvenated Artesians will look for more on Saturday night when they travel to the Tacoma Soccer Center to face fifth place Tacoma Narrows FC at 7:00 PM.
They will finally return home for their final two games of the season when they play host to the Oly-Pen Force on Saturday, January 26th. First kick on 2000’s Night and Wembley Soccer Shop Youth Night is set for 6:30 PM at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College. Kids in their youth uniforms get in for just $2 thanks to Wembley Soccer Shop.
OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians proudly announce the appointment of John Purtteman as Technical Director of the Artesians’ indoor team, effective immediately.
A former two-time Continental Indoor Soccer League All-Star, Purtteman has a long history as a professional indoor player with strong ties to the Olympia community. John recently completed his 13th season leading The Evergreen State College men’s soccer program and is the acting Athletic Director for the Geoducks program.
“I am thrilled to add John to our club as he is bringing years of professional indoor soccer experience and a long history of winning to Matt (Herrera, Oly Town Head Coach) and the club,” said Artesians co-owner Tim Smith.
“One of our main objectives is to improve the development of our players and add value to our coaching staff,” added Leon Grinnell, Artesians Director of Soccer Operations. “ And John’s experience and background makes him uniquely qualified to provide the necessary direction to accomplish that goal.”
“John was the first person who came to mind to fill this valuable role,” Head Coach Matt Herrera added, “His experience is a welcome addition.”
“It is inspiring to see the work the Artesians have done in their short time in existence,” Purtteman shared, “I believe in the group behind this club and in the Olympia soccer community supporting the team. I would like to thank Tim, Leon, Matt, Brandon, and all of the folks working behind the scenes to make this a first-class club. I am happy and honored to help move the club forward in any way I can.”
Welcome to the family, John!
The Artesians wrap up the first half of the WISL season against the Oly-Pen Force in Bremerton on Saturday night. First kick at Oly-Pen Sports is at 7:30 PM.