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 celebrated the life of Austin Kelley with the local soccer community on Saturday night and posted a 13-8 friendly win over the Oly Legends. Three Artesians scored two goals apiece and Austin’s brother, Emmett Kelley, scored a hat trick for the Legends in front of a big crowd at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College.

“It’s the most important night of the year,” said Artesians owner Tim Smith. “It’s a chance for the soccer community to remember Austin and for our club to recommit to who we are and the values we represent. Thank you to the Kelley family for being here, to HDR Inc. for their help in making this game happen, and to everybody that came out tonight.”

Sebastian Lyons, Nate Boatright and Collin Tate each recorded a brace for the Artesians squad and Eli Boatright, David Cook, Sasa Yodkerepauprai, Marcos Borja, Josh Dube and Mike Rancipher all chipped in with a goal. In addition to Emmett Kelley’s three goals, TJ O’Connor scored four times for the Legends and Collin LaBranche scored once.

That will wrap up the 2018-2019 Artesians indoor soccer season. Thank you to all the fans that came out, while the results on the field were not ideal, we had our best support and best crowds and had so much fun celebrating our fifth season. We now turn our focus to outdoor, with tryouts for the 2019 EPLWA squad coming up on March 16th and 17th at Black Hills High School.

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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