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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.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Out of an abundance of caution and putting the health and safety of our players, staff and supporters first during this time, the Oly Town Artesians are suspending all on-field operations effective immediately. We will continue to monitor the situation and reassess on March 22nd in the hope that we can continue the Women’s Western Indoor Soccer League season and begin the tryout process for our men’s Evergreen Premier League outdoor season.

Due to this decision, the Oly Town Artesians women will not play this Saturday against Tacoma Narrows at the Tacoma Soccer Center and we will postpone our home game on Saturday, March 21st. The decision to postpone our women’s games were made after careful and emotional consideration. The team has played just two games but the support and enthusiasm for the team has been breathtaking and we are heartbroken to have to put a hold on this fantastic season.

We are also postponing all trainings and tryouts for the Artesians men’s outdoor season during this time period.

We have benefited from the community’s support and now we want to return the favor by doing what we can to help keep our community healthy. Thank you for your understanding.

As we move forward, our home game and practice facilities are located at a public high school and a state college, so we will be following their decisions and actions closely and will reassess the situation on March 22nd.

UPDATE (3/23): there have been lots of developments since our first statement about Coronavirus/COVID-19 postponements. Taking all of that into consideration and with both of our facilities (Black Hills HS & Evergreen) closed until at least April 27th, we obviously will not have any on-field activities until at least that time. We will continue to work with the Evergreen Premier League and Western Indoor Soccer League in the hopes of playing a 2020 outdoor season and continuing the women’s indoor season at some point in the future.

Please please please…stay home, stay safe and let’s kick this darn virus. Then we will have a big Olympia soccer party when we can.

SNOHOMISH, Wash. – Lily Dose scored twice in her Oly Town Artesians debut and Leah Magee added a goal and two assists but the Snohomish Skyhawks scored three times in the second quarter and added a pair of goals in the fourth quarter to outlast the Artesians, 7-5, at the Snohomish Soccer Dome on Saturday night.

The Artesians opened the scoring when Leah Magee laid a perfect pass on the break to 17 year-old Lily Dose, who slammed a shot past Snohomish keeper Kaitlin MacKenzie just 46 seconds into the game to take a 1-0 lead. The Skyhawks answered with 8:59 left in the first when M’ily Morton scored to tie the game, 1-1. Magee gave the Artesians a 2-1 lead six minutes later but Snohomish again had an answer with Brooke Pingrey tying the game, 2-2, just before the end of the first quarter.

The Skyhawks opened up a two goal lead quickly in the second quarter, first breaking the tie and taking a 3-2 lead when Stephanie Hines found a weak spot in the Artesians’ defense at the 12:52 mark of the first quarter and then scoring a power play goal by Jillian Nicks to make it 4-2 with 10:25 left in the half after Oly was hit with their sixth foul and a blue card for foul accumulation. At the time, the Skyhawks were called for only one foul were only called for four fouls through the third quarter before picking up four fouls in the fourth quarter.

Maria Reyes got the Artesians to within a goal with six minutes left in the half off a restart by Aubrey Smith, but the Skyhawks answered again two minutes later on Maggie Tonkin’s first goal of the game and they took a 5-3 lead into the break.

Artesians starting goalkeeper Olivia Brock made a couple of fantastic saves on one-vs-one situations but there was nothing she could do about a handful of Snohomish’s goals. She was relieved by Emily Sorenson to start the second half and the Artesians defense got organized in front of her and held the Skyhawks scoreless in the third quarter. Dose scored her second goal and Magee got her second assist just 51 seconds into the second half and Oly Town went to the fourth quarter down by just a goal, 5-4.

But Snohomish opened the fourth on a nice combination that saw Nicks finish a pass by Sandra Osborn and the Skyhawks took a 6-4 lead just 21 seconds into the quarter. Oly killed a power play midway through the fourth but Tonkin scored her second goal to give the Skyhawks a 7-4 lead with 5:17 left. Snohomish finally committed their sixth foul and were given a blue card with 4:11 left, but MacKenzie and the Skyhawks killed the power play. Shannon McMahon made it a 7-5 game on a penalty shootout after being taken down with a clear path to the goal with 1:28 left, but it was too late and the Skyhawks held off the Artesians pressure to preserve the victory.

The win moved the Skyhawks to 1-1-0 while the Artesians fell to 1-1-0. Snohomish currently sits in second place with the head-to-head playoff tiebreaker.

The Artesians will travel to Tacoma on Saturday night to face first place Tacoma Narrows. First kick at the Tacoma Soccer Center is currently scheduled for 6:15.

Snohomish Skyhawks goals: Jillian Nicks (2), Maggie Tonkin (2), Stephanie Hines, M’ily Morton, Brooke Pingrey
Oly Town Artesians goals: Lily Dose (2), Leah Magee, Maria Reyes, Shannon McMahon

The Olympia soccer community gathered together on Saturday afternoon to pay tribute to Austin Kelley in the annual AK game. The Artesians triumphed over the Oly Legends and a great time was had by everybody involved. After the game, Josh Dube was given the Austin Kelley Award and Matt Herrera was give the new Owners Award and the Artesians made a contribution to the Kelley family in Austin’s memory.

Thanks to Sonja Purtteman, who delivered this photo gallery of the festivities.

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The Oly Town Artesians scored five times in the fourth quarter on Saturday night including three straight goals scored by Shannon McMahon and the goalkeeper Emily Sorenson and the Artesians defense held off the Oly-Pen Force to win their first women’s Western Indoor Soccer League game, 7-4. It was a great game played in front of a loud and excited crowd and Sonja Purtteman was there and delivered this photo gallery.

If you like all this action, we will be back in action at home on Saturday, March 21st when we face Tacoma Narrows. First kick at The Pavilion is set for 7:00 PM.

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Leah Magee | Photo: Sonja Purtteman

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Shannon McMahon scored three goals in the fourth quarter and Leah Magee added two earlier goals to lead the Oly Town Artesians to their first women’s Western Indoor Soccer League win, 7-4 over the Oly-Pen Force, in front of a raucous crowd at The Pavilion on Saturday night. Earlier in the evening, the Artesians men knocked off the Oly Legends 13-2 in the annual Austin Kelley Tribute Game that started a fantastic night for the Olympia soccer community.

Leah Magee made history on Saturday night when she scored the first goal in women’s WISL history and the first goal for the Artesians women with 2:14 left in the first quarter to give the Artesians a 1-0 lead. Oly-Pen answered back when Emily Wilkins scored with 9:18 left in the second quarter to tie it up, 1-1. But Oly Town goalkeeper Emily Sorenson and Oly-Pen keeper Akilah Austin kept the game all tied up at one at the break.

The Force struck first in the second half when Jules Bushaw scored a pass by Jess Haga moments after the Artesians were hit with a blue card. The power play goal gave the Force a 2-1 lead midway through the second quarter. Magee struck for a second time with 1:25 left in the third to tie the game up 2-2 and the two teams went into the fourth quarter all knotted up.

Shannon McMahon | Photo: Sonja Purtteman

On the first kick of the fourth quarter, Maria Reyes touched the restart to Shannon McMahon, who fired from midfield. The ball took a slight deflection off of an Oly-Pen defender and found the back of the net to give the Artesians a 3-2 lead, one that they would not relinquish. Just 15 seconds later, McMahon took the ball away from a Force player at midfield, took a couple dribbles in and then fired into the top right corner to give the Artesians a 4-2 lead just 21 seconds into the quarter.

Oly-Pen scored a shorthanded goal during an Artesians power play midway through the fourth quarter to make it 4-3, but McMahon struck again, her third of the quarter to give her the first hat trick in team and league history, to make it 5-3. Kate Gose and Niki Covert added goals down the stretch and the Artesians took home their first women’s win, 7-4.

Up next for the Artesians (1-0-0, 3 points) is a trip to Snohomish to take on the Skyhawks, who fell in their first game 8-1 to Tacoma Narrows. First kick at the Snohomish Soccer Dome is set for 7:00 PM.

Oly Town Artesians goals: Shannon McMahon (3), Leah Magee (2), Kate Gose, Niki Covert
Oly-Pen Force goals: Emily Wilkins, Jules Bushaw, Mackenzie Palau, Jess Haga


Before the women’s game, the Artesians men and the Oly Legends, an all-star team of local soccer players including many former Artesians and professional players, paid tribute to Austin Kelley in the annual AK Game. Eli Boatright, Manny Nicasio and Christian Segovia each scored two goals in a 13-2 Artesians win. Steven Sharp scored in the second quarter for the Legends and Josh Phillips picked up a goal in the fourth quarter for the Legends.

After the game, the Artesians ownership group presented a portion of the proceeds to the Kelley Family and named the Josh Dube the recipient of the annual Austin Kelley Award for his commitment to the club and selfless play on the field. Matt Herrera was also given the first Owners Award for his contributions to the Artesians.

Oly Town Artesians goals: Manny Nicasio (2), Christian Segovia (2), Eli Boatright (2), Angel Trejo-Delgado, Andreas Malunat, Neil Boyal, Josh Dube, Collin Tate, Sebastian Lyons, Collin LaBranche
Oly Legends goals: Steven Sharp, Josh Phillips

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians host a huge Leap Day night of indoor soccer on Saturday night when they play the annual Austin Kelley Tribute Game at 4:30 and then host the very first women’s game in Western Indoor Soccer League history when the Oly-Pen Force come to town at 6:35. Tickets are just $8 for adults, $5 for kids 5-12, seniors, military and first responders and gets you into both games at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College. The Well 80 Beer Garden will be open for fans 21 and up and Delmonico’s Heritage Butcher will be on site with a wood-fired BBQ providing delicious concessions.

The Artesians will play the first women’s game in club and WISL history beginning at 6:35. The inaugural WISL season consists of six regular season games featuring four teams – the Artesians, Oly-Pen Force, Snohomish Skyhawks, and Tacoma Narrows. The Artesians are coached by Kate Green, a native of Kent that played collegiately at Seattle U and Evergreen State and is a highly experienced coach with Washington Premier FC and Pacific Lutheran.

Green’s squad will feature many local players including Timberline alum Leah Magee – a first team all-conference performer last season at Pacific Lutheran, veteran of the area soccer community Niki Covert, North Thurston and Evergreen alum Emily Sorenson, and current Geoduck Sunny Bieber. Forward Angela Celedon led Washington Premier of the outdoor Northwest Premier League with seven goals last season and she is expected to team with Tacoma’s Aubrey Smith up front.

“Our team talks a lot about how grateful we are for this opportunity,” said Green. “We are putting a lot of pride in the legacy we leave. We want people to see that we are hard-working, humble, good players and most importantly people. We want the next generation to be looking forward to their chance to be a lady Artesian.”

Austin Kelley

Before the women kick off their first ever game, the Artesians men will play their last indoor game of the season with their annual friendly against the Oly Legends all-star team in tribute to Austin Kelley. Austin Kelley, a star player for Olympia High School and Saint Martin’s and an Artesian during the 2015-2016 season, passed away in a tragic accident in 2016 that shocked the entire Olympia area soccer community. Since then, the Artesians have played a game in his honor every year and have made a donation to his family in his memory. This season’s game will kick off at 4:30 before the women’s game.

JJ Olson | Photo: Sonja Purtteman

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians will face the #1 seeded Tacoma Stars Reserves in the semfinals of the Western Indoor Soccer League on Saturday night, their first appearance in the WISL playoffs since the 2016-2017 season. First kick at the Tacoma Soccer Center is set for 6:30 PM.

The Artesians enter the playoffs after posting a 3-5-2 record during the regular season, a remarkable turnaround over the two previous seasons in which they went a combined 1-16-1. The team has built a competitive roster that upset three-time WISL champion and #2 seed Bellingham United, allowed the least amount of goals during a season in club history, and pushed the defending champion Stars Reserves to the brink in a one goal loss at home and a hard fought two goal loss on the road last weekend.

One of the biggest reasons for the turnaround is a healthy goalkeeper in Saint Martin’s alum, JJ Olson. Olson made nine starts this season after missing most of last season, allowing 47 goals for a 5.37 goals against average. The Lakeview, Minnesota native was named the WISL Defensive Player Of The Week twice this season, including last week for his 27 save performance against the Stars Reserves.

Timberline High School and Evergreen State College product Collin Tate led the team with eight goals while Capital grad Alec Zimmerman added seven. Another local product (Capital and Evergreen), Nate Boatright, anchors the defense and added four goals and seven assists in his sixth season with the Artesians. Newcomers Angel Trejo-Delgado and Manny Nicasio have given Oly Town a boost. Nicasio scored six times, while Trejo-Delgado scored twice including the game tying and game winning goals against Bellingham.

But to get to the championship, the Artesians will have to upset the #1 Stars Reserves, who finished this season 9-0-1, extending their unbeaten streak to 22 games. They have not lost since the 2018 WISL Championship game when they fell to Bellingham. Tacoma is an experience team featuring numerous players that are currently signed to the professional Major Arena Soccer League’s Tacoma Stars or former professional players. They are led by Nate Ford, who scored 12 goals this season, including one goal and three assists last week in their 4-2 win over the Artesians. Mike Arguello has been fantastic in goal again, leading the Stars Reserves to a league low 3.20 goals against per game average this season.

Tickets for the game are $12 for adults and can be purchased at the Tacoma Soccer Center door. For fans unable to attend on Saturday, the game will be webcast on the Artesians Network. Like Oly Town FC on Facebook at FB.com/OlyTownFC to access the link to the webcast.

TACOMA, Wash. – In a preview of next week’s Western Indoor Soccer League semfinals, the Oly Town Artesians cut a 3-0 Tacoma Stars Reserves lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter to just a one goal game before a controversial non-call led to Tacoma’s fourth goal and stopped the Artesians’ momentum, and despite one of Oly Town goalkeeper JJ Olson’s best games, the Stars Reserves held on for a 4-2 win. The Artesians will be the #4 seed in the WISL playoffs and will make a return trip to the Tacoma Soccer Center to face the #1 seeded Stars Reserves next Saturday at 6:30 PM.

The Stars Reserves got on the board first when Nate Ford took a pass from himself off the wall and scored his 12th goal of the season to make it 1-0 late in the first quarter. Tacoma dominated possession for much of the first half but Olson kept them at bay with numerous saves before JJ Schmeck snuck a shot near post off of a quick restart to make it 2-0, and the Stars held that two goal lead heading into the half.

The Artesians nearly tied the game early in the third quarter when Angel Trejo-Delgado took a ball away from Mark Lee and got Tacoma goalkeeper Alek Greenleaf to bite on a pass off the wall to himself, leaving the goal wide open. But Stars Reserve defender Jeff Bader slid in at the last second to knock the shot away and deny Trejo-Delgado. Minutes later, Tacoma took a three goal lead after a quick restart caught the Artesians off guard and Micah Wenzel wheeled and found the back of the net to make it 3-0.

Oly Town broke the shutout three minutes into the fourth quarter when Collin LaBranche took a pass off the wall from Collin Tate and banged it past Greenleaf to make it 3-1. Four minutes later, Tate scored one of his own, making it a one goal game, 3-2, with 8:42 left to play. The Artesians kept the pressure on, threatening to tie the game multiple times over the next three minutes until Ford and Olson got tied up on a pass into the box by Adrian Correa and Bader took advantage of Olson being pulled down to stop the Artesians momentum and make it 4-2 with six minutes left to play. Oly kept the pressure on but weren’t able to break through and dropped the regular season finale, 4-2.

The win extended the Stars Reserves unbeaten streak to 22 games and they finished 9-0-1 this season. The Artesians dropped to 3-5-2, finishing fourth in the WISL, one point behind the #3 seed Snohomish Skyhawks. The Stars Reserves and Artesians will face each other again on the same field next Saturday in the WISL semfinals.

Tacoma Stars Reserves goals: Nate Ford, JJ Schmeck, Micah Wenzel, Jeff Bader
Oly Town Artesians goals: Collin LaBranche, Collin Tate