OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians will open their 2017-2018 indoor soccer season with a home match against the Snohomish Skyhawks on Saturday, November 11th, the Western Indoor Soccer League announced today. The game is the first in an eight game season that runs from mid-November to early February and features four home games and four road games.

The Artesians will return to The Pavilion on the campus of The Evergreen State College for four games, starting with their season opener against the Skyhawks on November 11th. The Tacoma Stars Reserves will make a trip to campus on Saturday, December 16th. Defending league champion Bellingham United makes their Olympia trip on January 6th and the home slate wraps up on Saturday, January 20th against the Olympic Force.

Oly Town will hit the road after the Thanksgiving break to face the Skyhawks in Snohomish on December 2nd before facing the Force in Bremerton on December 9th. They hit Tacoma to take on the Stars Reserves on January 13th and wrap up the regular season in Bellingham on February 3rd. With five teams returning to the WISL, the Artesians will have bye weeks on November 18th and January 27th.

The top four teams make the playoffs, with the WISL Semifinals scheduled for February 10th and the Finals set for February 17th.

The Artesians enter their fourth indoor soccer season and are coming off their best year, finishing in third place with four wins, five losses, and one draw. Evergreen alum Willie Spurr scored 14 goals and chipped in with 11 assists to lead the club in both categories.

Tryouts for the 2017-2018 Oly Town club are scheduled for Saturday, October 14th at 3:00 PM and Sunday, October 15th at 1:00 PM at The Pavilion. Players are encouraged to pre-register by visiting www.olytownfc.com/tryouts. The cost to tryout is $25.

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Matt Herrera on the field last season

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians have named Olympia native Matt Herrera their new head coach for the upcoming Western Indoor Soccer League season that kicks off this month. Herrera and the team have also set WISL tryout dates for October 14th and October 15th at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College.

Matt Herrera, a 2005 graduate of North Thurston High School, has spent the past two years playing for both the indoor and outdoor Artesians squads. He served as a captain last season and has played a key leadership role with the team throughout his tenure.

Herrera has been coaching high school soccer since 2006 and has been a varsity head coach for the past nine years, first at Yelm High School where he coached current Oklahoma City Energy players Miguel and Daniel Gonzalez, and now at North Thurston High School. Herrera and his wife, Cortni, have two children, 3 year-old Gabriel and 2 year-old Adeline.

“I’m very excited for this opportunity,” said Herrera. “I’m looking forward to a really competitive year coaching the Artesians.”

Herrera will conduct tryouts for the indoor WISL squad on Saturday, October 14th at 4:00 PM and Sunday, October 15th at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College. The cost to tryout is $25 and pre-registration is available by visiting OlyTownFC.com/tryouts. Players are asked to attend both tryout dates and to wear turf shoes, no cleats are allowed.

The 2017-2018 season will kick off with the annual WISL preseason tournament on Saturday, October 28th at the Tacoma Soccer Center. The regular season is set to get underway on Saturday, November 11th.

Image courtesy of goalWA.net

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians have been voted the best soccer crest in Washington State by fans and readers of goalWA.net, it was announced Thursday morning.  The victory marks the second time that the Artesians blue and green Olympia inspired horseshoe crest has been named LogoWARS champion since the founding of the club in 2014.

LogoWARS – a bracket style competition pitting 16 professional and semi-professional Washington soccer crests against each other – ran over the past few weeks on Washington soccer website goalWA.net. Oly Town knocked off Centralia’s Twin City Union, Bellingham United, Tri-Cities Alliance, and the Seattle Stars to claim the title once again.

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Yakima United claimed the crown of top soccer crest in Washington State in 2014 and Bellingham United won the first competition in 2013. The competition has been won by Evergreen Premier League teams in each of the four club competitions. The EPLWA logo was also voted top league logo in 2016.

With the LogoWARS victory, the Artesians are celebrating with an online sale on scarves and shirts. Visit https://squareup.com/store/olytownartesians/ and enter the promo code LOGOWARS at checkout to get $5 off any order.

Indoor soccer starts shortly in Oly Town with the annual Western Indoor Soccer League meeting taking place on Sunday, September 10th. Details of the 2017-2018 season will be hashed out and prepared at the meeting in preparation for the annual preseason tournament on October 28th at the Tacoma Soccer Center and the league’s regular season beginning in mid-November.

No tryout dates have been set in stone yet for the 2017-2018 indoor Artesians, but announcements regarding the season will be made soon with tryout dates likely occurring on the last weekend of September or first weekend of October. The squad will return to The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College for their fourth season in the WISL.

Stay up to date with the Artesians by visiting http://www.olytownfc.com, following them on Twitter at twitter.com/OlyTownFC, and liking them on Facebook at FB.com/OlyTownFC.