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OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians exciting 2019 season kicks off with a bang on Saturday night when the defending Evergreen Premier League runners-up, the Seattle Stars, visit Black Hills High School. May the 4th be with you on Star Wars Night with a costume contest, trivia, games and prizes. There will be an inflatable soccer darts board and the giant soccer ball for the kids and more throughout the game. Gates open at 5:00 PM and first kick is set for 6:00. Tickets are just $8 for adults and $5 for kids 5-12, military, first responders and seniors.

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Artesians with Hotel RL representatives (Molly Walsh photo)

The Oly Town Artesians unveiled brand new kits on Saturday and welcomed Well 80 Artesian Brewing as their presenting partner for 2019 and beyond. The Artesians unveiled a new slate jersey and a new white jersey complete with Well 80 on the chest, new partners Jimmy John’s on the right sleeve, and another new partner, Hotel RL Olympia, on the right leg. As always, the jerseys feature the primary Artesians crest over the heart and our Austin Kelley memorial patch on the left sleeve. Red and black goalkeeper kits were also unveiled along with new training tops, presented by Jimmy John’s.

The jerseys were unveiled in front of players, supporters, families, and patrons at Well 80 in downtown Olympia. The announcement also included the unveiling of the Well Heads Supporters Club. Membership includes an authentic Artesians jersey with “Well Heads” on the back with the number 80, a new Well Heads supporters scarf, season tickets to all Artesians home games, 20 ounce Well Head pours at Well 80, and more. A $130 value for just $80. Click here to purchase.

The new Artesians kits will make their debut tomorrow, Sunday, April 14th during the Thurston County Derby against the Lacey Pocket Gophers. Another new partner, Cinco de Mayo Raspados, Fruit and More, will provide concessions. First kick at Black Hills High School in this preseason friendly is set for 2:00 PM.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians will unveil brand new kits at Well 80 Brewhouse on Saturday and then take on the Lacey Pocket Gophers in a free preseason friendly Thurston County Derby match on Sunday during the 2019 Artesians Kickoff Weekend coming up this weekend, April 13th and 14th.

Join the Artesians on Saturday at noon in Downtown Olympia at Well 80 Brewhouse to kick off the 2019 season with the unveiling of their new jerseys and announcements about a new chapter for Oly Town FC. Fans will have the opportunity to meet Artesians players, win prizes, purchase merchandise, get a discount on the new Well Heads membership program, drink Well 80 beer for 25% off, and then stick around for a Seattle Sounders watch party afterwards.

Fresh off the kit unveiling and kick off party, the preseason schedule continues Sunday when the Artesians host the Western Washington Premier League’s Lacey Pocket Gophers in a friendly Thurston County Derby match. First kick at Black Hills High School is set for 2:00 PM. Admission is free, and gates open at 1:00. Cinco De Mayo Raspados, Fruit & More will be on hand with a variety of concessions and there will be games and prizes throughout the game.

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JJ Olson

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians will open their 2019 Evergreen Premier League season on Saturday, May 4th, the first of five regular season home games to be played at Black Hills High School this season. In preparation for the upcoming outdoor season, the Artesians are hosting open tryouts on Saturday, March 16th and Sunday, March 17th at Black Hills.

May the 4th be with you! The Artesians kick off the season against the Seattle Stars on Star Wars Day and will be celebrating the day and start of the season all game long. The home slate continues Saturday, May 11th when Yakima United comes to town. The only Sunday home game of the season will be played on June 19th against Bellingham United. Then Oly Town will return home for their last two games starting with a matchup with Tri-Cities Alliance on Saturday, July 6th and wrapping up with a visit from PacNW FC on Saturday, July 13th.

Here is the Artesians’ full 2019 EPLWA regular season schedule. All times TBA:

Saturday, May 4 – vs. Seattle Stars – Black Hills HS
Sunday, May 5 – @ Bellingham United – Location: TBA
Saturday, May 11 – vs. Yakima United – Black Hills HS
Sunday, May 19 – @ Tri-Cities Alliance – Location: TBA
Sunday, June 9 – vs. Bellingham United – Black Hills HS
Saturday, June 15 – @ Oly-Pen Force – Location: TBA
Saturday, June 29 – @ Yakima United – Location: SOZO Sports
Sunday, June 30 – @ Seattle Stars – Location: TBA
Saturday, July 6 – vs. Tri-Cities Alliance – Black Hills HS
Saturday, July 13 – vs. PacNW FC – Black Hills HS

The EPLWA welcomes PacNW FC as the league’s tenth team. That means that the league will split into two conferences of five teams. Each team will play eight games against conference opponents (four home, four away) and two non-conference games (one home, one away). The names of the new conferences will be chosen in a Name The Conferences contest conducted by the EPLWA and the Artesians’ conference includes Bellingham United, the Seattle Stars, Tri-Cities Alliance and Yakima United. The top two teams in each conference make the playoffs.

The Artesians and Head Coach Matt Herrera will host Open Tryouts on Saturday, March 16th and March 17th on the turf at our lovely home field at Black Hills High School. Tryouts begin at 11:00 AM on both days and players are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes early for registration and warmup. There is no fee to tryout this season.

The team is finalizing their 2019 preseason schedule and will announce that soon. Stay up to date with the Artesians as they make more announcements heading into the 2019 Evergreen Premier League season by visiting www.olytownfc.com, following them on Twitter at twitter.com/OlyTownFC, and liking them on Facebook at FB.com/OlyTownFC.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Three Oly Town Artesians have been named to the first ever All-Western Indoor Soccer League teams, the league announced today. Nate Boatright was voted to the All-WISL First Team, Chris Pugh earned Second Team honors, and Collin Tate took home a Third Team nod.

Nate Boatright | Photo: Charis Wilson

Olympia native Nate Boatright was voted to the First Team by club operators and coaches because of his five goal, five assist season. The Evergreen State alum has been with the Artesians since the 2014-2015 inaugural season and provided solid, veteran leadership to a young and inexperienced Oly Town roster. A tough defender that also plays in the midfield, Nate teamed up with his 17 year-old brother Eli this season and scored on a Boatright to Boatright combination.

Chris Pugh | Photo: Charis Wilson

38 year-old Chris Pugh has been around the Artesians for many years but took time off due to injuries and for family but finally was able to play an entire season providing veteran leadership for the club. The tough forward scored seven goals, good enough for second on the team. Another Evergreen State product, Pugh was named Offensive Player Of The Week for his hat trick against the Oly-Pen Force on January 26th.

Collin Tate | Photo: Charis Wilson

In his first season of indoor soccer, Collin Tate led the Artesians with eight goals scored in nine games. Another Evergreen product, Tate played nine games after joining the club once the Geoducks’ season ended. The Timberline grad also chipped in three assists, none bigger than the one that he delivered to Eli Boatright that tied the game in the last minute of a 4-4 draw against the Snohomish Skyhawks.

Joining Boatright on the All-WISL First Team are Snohomish’s John Troka, Bellingham’s Richard Henderson, and three Tacoma Stars Reserves: Micah Wenzel, Danny Minniti and goalkeeper Mike Arguello. Former Artesians and current Tacoma Narrows FC players JC Henson and Nate Salveson were named to the Third Team.

Club operators and coaches nominated their own players for the All-WISL teams and then voted on opposing players to determine the first three teams.

The Artesians return to action Saturday night, February 23rd, for one last game when they take on the Oly Legends on Austin Kelley Night. The friendly is Olympia’s celebration of soccer, in honor of our friend and teammate Austin Kelley. First kick is set for 6:30 with doors opening at 5:45.

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JJ Olson | Photo: Jared Wenzelburger

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Returning for the first time from an off-season injury, Oly Town Artesians goalkeeper JJ Olson made 26 saves and held the high-powered Bellingham offense to just two goals over the first three quarters on Saturday night, and was voted Western Indoor Soccer League Defensive Player Of The Week for week 10 by league coaches and club operators.

The Saint Martin’s grad played a game for the ages. On The Pavilion’s small field that traditionally yields high scores and against the #2 team in the league both in record and in scoring who scored 14 goals on the Artesians earlier in the season, Olson held Bellingham to just one goal at even strength in a 5-4 loss. He made 26 saves despite facing constant pressure while Oly Town’s offense struggled to keep possession in the second half. Eventually, the Hammers took advantage and scored two power play goals and scored once with a man advantage after pulling their goalkeeper to add a sixth attacker.

This is Olson’s second WISL Player Of The Week award. The Lakeville, Minnesota native took home the prize last season with a big 7-5 win over the Tacoma Stars Reserves. In his fourth season with the Artesians, Olson has started the most games at goalkeeper and has the most wins of any goalkeeper in club history but was only able to play in one game this season. Injuries beset Oly Town keepers this season. Ryan Perkins and Bradley Hanson both suffered season ending injuries early on. Defender Ryan Fakkema was converted into a keeper and played admirably in five games.

This was the third Player Of The Week award for the Artesians this season. Eli Boatright was named Offensive POTW for his game tying goal in a 4-4 week nine draw in Snohomish. And Chris Pugh was also named Offensive POTW last week for his hat trick against the Oly-Pen Force.

The Oly Town Artesians wrapped up their league schedule with Olson’s grand performance, but they will host one more game this Saturday night with Austin Kelley Night, an annual celebration of soccer in memory of friend and teammate Austin Kelley. First kick in the friendly between the Artesians and the Oly Legends is set for 6:30 at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College.

Chris Pugh | Photo: Charis Wilson

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Oly Town Artesians forward Chris Pugh has been honored by Western Indoor Soccer League club coaches and operators as the Offensive Player Of The Week for his hat trick on Saturday night against the Oly-Pen Force.

Pugh, a North Thurston High School and Evergreen State alum, scored three times in the third and fourth quarters, sparking a run that cut a 7-1 Oly-Pen Force lead to just two goals, 8-6, early in the fourth. It was a hard-fought game by Pugh and both sides that saw the momentum shift massively twice over the course of just five minutes, and the Force eventually pulled away to register a 12-7 victory.

The 38 year-old has been with the Artesians since the 2015-2016 season, but only played in six games over the past two seasons due to injuries and other commitments. This season, he has played in seven of nine games and has scored seven goals. But most importantly, he brings solid, veteran leadership to a young and inexperienced squad that has struggled on the field. He does all that while being a father to two young children and working his day job with the State of Washington’s Department of Natural Resources.

Also honored by the WISL for Defensive Player Of The Week were two more Evergreen State College alums, Tacoma Stars Reserves’ Jeff Bader and Oly-Pen Force’s Greg Wolfe. Wolfe was an Original Artesian, playing in 16 games over two seasons before moving to Seattle. He scored twice, made five blocks and drew the key penalty that smashed the Oly Town comeback bid on Saturday. This is his first season back in the WISL since the 2015-2016 season.

Pugh and the Oly Town Artesians wrap up the regular season this Saturday night when they face Bellingham United at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College. It’s Fan Appreciation Night, with games, prizes, giveaways and more all evening long. First kick is at 6:30 PM. The following week join us for a postseason friendly against the Oly Legends on Austin Kelley Night, an annual event to honor friend and teammate Austin Kelley. First kick for AK Night sponsored by HDR Inc. is also set for 6:30.

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.