OLYMPIA, Wash. – Oly Town Artesians goalkeeper Bradley Hanson has been named Defensive Player of the Week by the Western Indoor Soccer League for his performance against Bellingham United in the team’s season finale on Saturday night.
Hanson tallied 32 saves and was instrumental in keeping a depleted Artesians team close to the high powered and first place Bellingham squad until late in the contest. Hanson, a Shelton native and crewman for Mason County PUD 3, made the start with regular starter JJ Olson pressed into field duty. It was his second start of the season.
His performance in a 10-5 loss was so impressive that the Bellingham United staff were the first to nominate him for the award. Bellingham striker Richard Henderson won the Offensive Player of the Week award with three goals and five assists against Hanson and Oly Town.
It is the second Defensive Player of the Week award for Oly this season. JJ Olson was given the award for his performance in an upset win over the Tacoma Stars Reserves on December 16th. It is the fourth time an Artesian has won the award. Goalkeeper Evan Munn won the award twice during the 2015-2016 season.
With the WISL season coming to an end for the Artesians, focus now turns to the outdoor Evergreen Premier League season. Multiple announcements will come soon with tryouts set for late March or early April, preseason games beginning in April, and the regular season will begin in early May. Oly Town is set to play in the newly formed Coastal Division along with the Vancouver Victory and the defending league champion Seattle Stars.
TJ O’Connor scored three goals and chipped in three assists for the Oly Town Artesians in their 8-4 win over the Oly Legends in a friendly on Austin Kelley Night on January 27th. The two teams honored the memory of Austin Kelley in front of a fantastic crowd and handed out team awards for the 2017 outdoor EPLWA season. Josh Dube scored twice and Esau Vazquez and Joshua Southall each added goals for the Artesians. The game included goals by Randy Garcia, Tom Arndt, Jake Sanford and Daniele Zaccagnini for the Legends.
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OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians will honor the memory of Olympia’s Austin Kelley on Saturday, January 27th with a non-league friendly against the Oly Legends, a team made up of Austin’s friends and former teammates, at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College.
Presented by his former employer, HDR Engineering, the Artesians will hand out team awards including the annual Austin Kelley Award, and all attendees will receive an AK memorial sticker. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Riann Kelley scholarship fund.
First kick at The Pavilion is set for 6:30 with gates opening at 5:45. The Artesians encourage fans to arrive early for pre-game ceremonies. A reminder that the facility is a five minute walk from the parking lot and the team expects a large crowd. To skip the lines, purchase tickets early at www.olytownfc.com/tickets.
Olympia’s Austin Kelley passed away in an accident on the Salmon River in September of 2016 at the age of 26, leaving behind his wife Morgan and baby daughter Riann. He was a star soccer player at Olympia High School, went on to play four years at Saint Martin’s University, continued playing after college in high level tournaments and joined the Oly Town Artesians indoor soccer team, immediately making an impact as a team leader with a constant positive presence.
He was an outstanding player for the Artesians despite not having a lot of indoor soccer experience and gained the trust and respect of the entire organization with his hard work and commitment. He also was an assistant coach for the boys soccer team at Olympia HS and was beloved by his players, teammates and everybody that he came in contact with.
The Artesians and the soccer community rallied after his passing to raise thousands of dollars for the Kelley family through the sale of AK memorial t-shirts and AK memorial stickers have been carried around the world.