The Oly Town Artesians are celebrating 10 seasons (six in the men’s Western Indoor Soccer League, three in the Evergreen Premier League, and one in the women’s WISL) by thanking all 161 players that have played league minutes over that time period on our social media pages. You can also see them below, updating as we go along…

With a 5-2 aggregate win over popular NPSL side Minneapolis City, Angel Trejo-Delgado won the inaugural Lower League eCup Xbox One Championship for the Oly Town Artesians. It capped off an undefeated run for Trejo-Delgado, who has played for the Artesians since 2018 and is heading to Northwest University in the fall to continue his real life soccer career.

Angel Trejo-Delgado

Trejo-Delgado took an 3-0 lead through the first leg of the Championship series despite Jonah Garcia, MPLS City’s player, hit the post numerous times over the first 90 minutes.

Garcia broke through first in the second leg and looked like he might make a game of it down by just two near the end of the half, but Trejo-Delgado scored well into stoppage time on the very last kick of the first half to make it a 4-1 aggregate lead at the break.

Garcia would add one in the second half to make it a two goal game, but Trejo-Delgado scored the dagger in the 90th minute and took the 5-2 aggregate win.

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians have teamed up with Integrated Solutions Group and Forma Construction to host “Artesians For Oly Town”, a metaphorical game to raise funds and provide more than 1,000 meals for Interfaith Works. The Artesians are aiming to break their single game attendance record during this “game” with a goal of 500 tickets sold and ISG and Forma will match the money raised from tickets with a donation of up to $5000. Fans can purchase tickets by heading to olytownfc.square.site.

Tickets for the “game” are $10 and purchasers will receive a ticket to a future Artesians game, fans who purchase 10 tickets will receive a scarf, and purchasers of 25 tickets and up will receive an Artesians jersey. Then, on Thursday, June 4th, Oly Town FC will host an all-day celebration of Olympia soccer on their social media pages and website including the rebroadcast of two of the team’s biggest games.

“We want to give something back to the Olympia community that supports us during this Coronavirus crisis and help out one of our favorite non-profits,” said Artesians Co-Founder and Director of Communications Brandon Sparks. “We also want to celebrate 10 seasons of Artesians soccer so what better way to do that than to attempt to break our single game attendance record and host an all-day celebration benefitting Interfaith Works.”

Well 80 Brewhouse in Downtown Olympia has committed to providing reduced cost meals to Interfaith Works that will be purchased with the funds from ticket sales and matching donations from ISG and Forma.

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Interfaith Works is “a non-profit association of faith communities and individuals of diverse faith traditions” that operates the Interfaith Works Emergency Overnight Shelter that has the mission to “advance the social inclusion and empowerment of the homeless through innovative practices of sheltering, mental health and emergency basic needs coordination.” Learn more about IW and their response to the Covid-19 crisis and their needs during this time by visiting their websites at www.interfaith-works.org and www.iwshelter.org.

Stay up to date with the Artesians as they celebrate ten seasons of soccer by visiting www.olytownfc.com, following them on Twitter at twitter.com/OlyTownFC, and liking them on Facebook at FB.com/OlyTownFC.

The Oly Town Artesians have entered the eSports realm by taking part in the first Lower League eCup, a FIFA20 tournament featuring lower league teams across the country. Play began on April 1st with Oly Town player Angel Trejo-Delgado representing the Artesians in the Xbox tournament and play-by-play announcer John McGlamery playing in the PS4 tourney. All teams were randomly assigned a FIFA20 team and we are playing as Venezia. All games are set to an 85 overall setting.

You can check out the full standings, schedules, and results below by clicking on the links below. Group play runs until early May.

Xbox Tournament: Standings | Schedule | Results
PS4 Tournament: Standings | Schedule | Results

You can watch all the games live on the Lower League eCup’s Twitch channel by clicking here.

Jersey-Design

(click here for downloadable and printable PDF version)

Looking for something fun to do while social distancing and no football to watch? Download this blank version of our jersey, print it out, give it to your kids or color it yourself, take a picture or scan it, and send it back to olytownartesians@gmail.com and we will feature it on our social media pages. We are excited to see your creativity! Have fun, give us something traditional or go wild.

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Nate Boatright from 2018-2019 season | Photo: Charis Wilson

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Nate Boatright scored four goals and Sebastian Lyons and Jordan Zimmerman each scored twice to lead the Oly Town Artesians to a 10-5 win over the visiting Portland Blacktails in a preseason friendly Saturday night.

Boatright scored the first two goals of the game putting the Artesians up 2-0 after the first period. He added his third goal on a penalty kick with 40.3 seconds left in the second quarter to give Oly a 5-2 lead at the half.

Lyons’ second goal of the game less than a minute into the second half put the Artesians up 4-2 before the Blacktails clawed back and made it 6-4 after the third quarter. But goals by Andreas Malunat, Boatright, and Alec Zimmerman made it 9-4 and sealed the game for the Artesians.

Juan Gasca scored twice and Esteban Cruz and Frankie Lopez each added a goal for the Blacktails, a Tualatin based team that is exploring joining the Western Indoor Soccer League in the future.

The Artesians will turn their focus to the WISL regular season and will travel to Bremerton to face the Oly-Pen Force next Saturday at 7:30 PM.

Oly Town Artesians goals: Nate Boatright (4), Sebastian Lyons (2), Jordan Zimmerman (2), Andreas Malunat, Alec Zimmerman
Portland Blacktails goals: Juan Gasca (2), Esteban Cruz, Frankie Lopez, Artesians Own Goal

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Collin LaBranche | Photo: Sonja Purtteman

Despite holding a two goal advantage in each game, the Oly Town Artesians dropped a pair of games on the road over the weekend, losing 5-4 to Yakima United on Saturday and 4-2 to the Seattle Stars on Sunday.

On Saturday, the Artesians traveled to Yakima and fell behind in the first minute when Missael Lopez scored for the Hoppers. But moments later, Jesus Meraz-Rodriguez equalized for Oly Town starting a three goal run that included a 25th minute goal by Angel Trejo-Delgado and a 29th minute goal by Jason Fairhurst.

Williams Pineda got Yakima to within one, 3-2, three minutes later and then they tied the game thanks to a 52nd minute goal by Jose Marquez. Emilio Meraz-Rodriguez gave the Artesians a momentary 4-3 lead in the 62nd but Yakima had the answer again when Cesar Rodriguez scored one minute later.

Unfortunately, a scuffle in the 67th minute resulted in red cards for both Jesus and Emilio Meraz-Rodriguez and Yakima’s Cesar Rodriguez and Oly played the rest of the game down one player with just nine men. Eventually, that came back to bite them and Johnny Ramirez scored the game winner in stoppage time shocking Oly for a 5-4 victory.

On Sunday at French Field in Kent without the Meraz-Rodriguez brothers but with reinforcements in the way of USL veteran Cam Vickers and Oregon State goalkeeper Evan Munn, the Artesians held a 1-0 advantage at halftime thanks to an Alec Zimmerman long range strike in the 25th minute and then built a 2-0 lead after Collin LaBranche header in the 52nd.

But Seattle keeper Julian Tafolla-Cisneros made a series of huge saves that would have extended the Oly lead and kept his team in it until Seattle exploded for four straight goals over the final 27 minutes, taking advantage of the Artesians fatigue after playing in Yakima the day before. Steve Rogers started it off in the 73rd, Cody Buchanan equalized in the 76th, Kees Westra scored the game winner in the 85th and Buchanan added an insurance goal in the 87th to take the 4-2 victory.

The losses dropped the snake bitten Artesians to just 2-6-0 this season, including three stoppage time losses. They also were eliminated from EPLWA playoff contention. But they will finish off the season with two home games and an opportunity to finish strong starting with a game against the Tri-Cities Alliance on Saturday, July 6th at Black Hills High School. First kick is at 6:00.

Oly still has an opportunity to add a trophy to the case when they play in the Washington State Super Cup Final on Friday, July 12th at the Washington Premier Complex in Puyallup. They will face the winner of the Nido Aguila Club America Seattle/Kirkland FC game scheduled for Tuesday.