Brett Stallworth | Photo: Charis Wilson

TACOMA, Wash. – Brett Stallworth scored the lone goal for the Oly Town Artesians in a 12-1 loss to the Tacoma Stars Reserves at the Tacoma Soccer Center on Saturday night. JJ Schmeck scored a hat trick for Tacoma, who improved to 6-0-0 this season. The loss dropped the Artesians to 0-6-0.

The Stars Reserves in the first minute of three of four quarters, including a goal 52 seconds into the game by Mark Lee. They scored the first eight goals of the game, including one by Tacoma Stars MASL professional Joseph Cairel, before Stallworth finally got the Artesians on the board midway through the third quarter. Tacoma added four more goals, including two in the final minute of play, to pick up the win.

The Artesians will look for their first win on Saturday, January 12th when they travel to Snohomish to take on the Skyhawks. The two teams battled hard before Oly eventually lost 7-6 at The Pavilion in December. The Artesians return home on Saturday, December 26th when they face the Oly-Pen Force at 6:30 PM.

BREMERTON, Wash. – Collin Tate scored his sixth goal of the season but for the second straight week, the Oly Town Artesian kept the game nice and close in the first half before struggling in the second half to drop a double-digit loss, this week a 14-4 setback to the Oly-Pen Force. Luis Enrique Hidalgo scored five goals and Kyle Johnson added a hat trick to lead the way for the Force.

Johnson and Hidalgo got the scoring going with two goals in the first quarter and Bennett Bugbee added another but that is all that the Force could muster in the first half despite multiple mistakes by the Artesians in front of their own goal. Ryan Fakkema – a defender making his debut in goal for Oly Town following season ending injuries to Ryan Perkins and Bradley Hanson – kept the game close heading into the break.

But the dam burst in the third and the Force built a 6-0 lead before Esau Vazquez finally got the Artesians on the board with a half field shot off of the kickoff following Hidalgo’s second goal of the game. But the Force responded with three more goals in the third to take a 9-1 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

After the Force made it 10-1, Nate Boatright and Collin Tate scored back-to-back goals within a minute to make it 10-3. Chris Pugh added a beautiful header goal with 8:08 left but the Force kept pouring it and won their second game of the season, 14-4.

The Force improved to 2-3-0 and jumped from last place two weeks ago to third in the Western Indoor Soccer League with two straight wins. The Artesians dropped to 0-5-0 this season.

Oly Town takes a break for the holidays and will return to the pitch on Saturday, January 5th when they face the WISL leading Tacoma Stars Reserves in the first game of a doubleheader at the Tacoma Soccer Center. First kick is set for 6:00 PM.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians proudly announce the appointment of John Purtteman as Technical Director of the Artesians’ indoor team, effective immediately.

A former two-time Continental Indoor Soccer League All-Star, Purtteman has a long history as a professional indoor player with strong ties to the Olympia community. John recently completed his 13th season leading The Evergreen State College men’s soccer program and is the acting Athletic Director for the Geoducks program.

“I am thrilled to add John to our club as he is bringing years of professional indoor soccer experience and a long history of winning to Matt (Herrera, Oly Town Head Coach) and the club,” said Artesians co-owner Tim Smith.

“One of our main objectives is to improve the development of our players and add value to our coaching staff,” added Leon Grinnell, Artesians Director of Soccer Operations. “ And John’s experience and background makes him uniquely qualified to provide the necessary direction to accomplish that goal.”

“John was the first person who came to mind to fill this valuable role,” Head Coach Matt Herrera added, “His experience is a welcome addition.”

“It is inspiring to see the work the Artesians have done in their short time in existence,” Purtteman shared, “I believe in the group behind this club and in the Olympia soccer community supporting the team. I would like to thank Tim, Leon, Matt, Brandon, and all of the folks working behind the scenes to make this a first-class club. I am happy and honored to help move the club forward in any way I can.”

Welcome to the family, John!

The Artesians wrap up the first half of the WISL season against the Oly-Pen Force in Bremerton on Saturday night. First kick at Oly-Pen Sports is at 7:30 PM.