January 28, 2023

OLYMPIA, WA – USL W League Head Coach Chris Wells does not waste time in the offseason. The Oly Town Artesians formally announced on Saturday the signing of division one, University of Washington women’s soccer player Hayden Crowley to the 2023 USL Women’s team. Crowley, a native of Richland, WA comes to Oly Town with a full freshmen year of Pac-12 collegiate soccer experience.

“We’re very excited to add Hayden to the USL W League” said Coach Wells who was hired less than a month ago to helm the Oly Town women’s soccer program. “It was important to us to add a player well known in Washington State first and she fits that perfectly as one of the best youth players the state has produced in recent years.”

Hayden Crowley comes decorated with a coveted 2021 Gatorade Player of the Year honors as well as 4A All State Co-Player of the Year award. Crowley was not only a standout in high school but also played youth soccer at Crossfire Premier. Her first year in purple and gold at the University of Washington she logged 438 minutes logging 65 of those against UCLA towards the end of the fall 2022 season.

“Hayden comes from a very high-level, competitive environment at the University of Washington and earned minutes as a true freshmen which is no easy feat” said W League Coach Rachel Ross. “I am excited for her to bring that playing experience and competitive mindset to Oly Town this season.”

Oly Town USL W League matches start in May 2023 with their inaugural season in a new expansion league which features 4 teams from the state of Oregon and the Artesians who are based out of Olympia, WA. The season runs till the beginning of July where top seeded teams have a chance to compete for the National USL W League Championship. The USL W (women’s) and USL League Two (men’s) features top college players from around the nation including a mix of current pro, former pro and elite level youth academy players.

“We are putting a lot of effort in making sure we not only bring in the best players playing in the state, but we bring back the best player from the state playing elsewhere” said Head Coach Chris Wells. “The state has an amazing soccer scene and we’re looking forward to displaying that.”

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Hayden Crowley | University of Washington | Freshmen | Forward

PHOTOGRAPHS: UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT

Fairhurst (C-Sharp Images)

OLYMPIA, WA – The Oly Town Artesians cruised to a 13-6 victory over the visiting Everett City FC Saturday night in what would become a milestone night for the local professional-amateur soccer club.

Jason Fairhurst, Saint Martin’s University graduate and native of Snohomish matched Everett’s total scoring line of 6 goals breaking the Artesian club record for most goals scored in a game. Fairhurst is in his third year playing for Oly Town’s arena team and also rostered every game for the 2022 USL League Two Artesian squad.

“It felt pretty unbelievable” said Oly Town forward Jason Fairhurst. “It just felt like all my shots were dropping and I was just in the right place at the right time. It felt like I was in a flow state. Both of these records aren’t ones you can reach on your own and being able to break them is a testament to the squad we’ve brought together this year.”

“Jason is such an important player for us” said Head Coach Nick Boatright. “He was very special tonight and it is fitting that he broke the single game record because he is that caliber of player. I have always liked his ability to turn, his ‘one v one’ ability and his scrappiness.”

Fairhurst surpasses Oly Legends Willie Spurr and Matt Stalnik’s single game records which was set at 4 goals. Unique in all this is that Stalnik taking on a larger goalkeeper role this season held Everett to only 6 goals and watched Fairhurst break his record while sharing the same field for 60 minutes.

“Jason crushing mine and Willie’s single game goal record is well deserved” said Stalnik. “I have teased him for two seasons and I know it meant a lot to him to achieve it. Glad to be apart of the celebration.”

Manny Nicasio (C-Sharp Images)

Another standout performance was Manny Nicasio scoring 4 goals with 3 assists for the Artesians and would not be overshadowed by Fairhurst’s record breaking night.

“I’m really glad we beat them. I didn’t get to play against them (Everett) the first time due to a rib injury and I felt like I could’ve helped the team out” said Manny Nicasio. “Today it felt great contributing to the teams win.”

“Nicasio has been outstanding and he has the quickness to score goals on man down situations too” said Nick Boatright.

Another standout but defensive performance was from Oly Legend and Captain Nate Boatright meanwhile picking up his 13th assist of the season.

“Nate’s indoor knowledge and composure on the ball is incredible” said his brother and Coach Nick Boatright. “He is a great captain and all the guys have a lot of respect for him.”

Oly Town adds three points and picks up their sixth win of the 2022-23 Western Indoor Soccer League season. The Artesians head to Snohomish on January 28th to take on the Steelheads after an early season victory at home in their first meeting.

The next home match is February 4th at the Evergreen State College and will feature pro-arena player and former Artesian Willie Spurr and his induction into the Oly Legends Hall. Head to www.olytownfc.com for your tickets and get ready for autographs and a crucial home game against MASL second team, the Tacoma Stars Reserves.

1.21.23 Photo Gallery by Courtney Sharp & C-Sharp Images:

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WISL Standings 1.21.23

Coach Liviu Bird

OLYMPIA, WA – The Oly Town Artesians announced the hiring of new head coach Liviu Bird to helm the USL League Two Franchise on Friday, December 16. The announcement comes a little under a year from the day Kasey Keller helped Oly Town FC announce their invitation and signing with USL Soccer. Coach Liviu Bird has considerable coaching experience to go with his USSF and UEFA A Licenses, with clubs such as the Columbus Crew, Seattle Sounders under-23, Kitsap Pumas and collegiately with Pacific Lutheran University among others.

“I believe a lot in this level of play and in this league, as still being the premier development league for professional players in our country,” Bird said. “I’ve seen firsthand what playing in USL League Two means for players, and also what it means for coaches to be in this league, and I’m excited to be back in it.”

The Artesians went 3-7-2 their inaugural year in 2022 placing fourth out of six teams when most analysts had Oly sitting in last preseason. Oly Town looks to change the atmosphere and technical soccer aspects of their local USL offering.

2020 MLS Cup Liviu Bird

“I am extremely excited to work with Coach Liviu this upcoming season,” said Jason Smith who moves into a club wide General Manager role for USL Operations. “We will be working very hard this season on both recruiting great soccer players but also really helping them grow while playing for Oly Town FC.”

Bird comes to Oly Town with a 2020 MLS Cup Championship as a video analysis coach for then-Columbus Crew Head Coach Caleb Porter. Bird also coached the Kitsap Pumas through league and US Open Cup competitions in 2016-17 and helped coach the Sounders U23s to a second place divisional finish in USL League Two in 2019.

Bird having extensive experience at the USL2 level has thoughts on the level of play.

“The Northwest Division is traditionally one of the strongest in the league, and it’s still the top place to play and coach at the pre-professional level in our region,” he said. “Back closer to my playing days (Seattle Pacific University, Pumas and North Sound SeaWolves in USL2) we had seven years in a row where a Northwest team made the final four of the league playoffs, along with two runners-up and two national champions in that time.”

Oly Town FC is set to have USL Open Trials January 8 at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey and Bird will be on hand evaluating along with several other area local soccer names including John Purtteman, Ozer Kocdemier, Rachel Ross, Jason Dunn, Jason Smith and more.

“I’m hoping we’ll be able to bring in some talented young players, both from the area and also from outside, that will allow us to accomplish our goals this season,” Bird said. “We’ll aim to implement a game model based on a positional play philosophy that emphasizes forward-thinking ball possession and intelligent pressure.”

Coach Liviu Bird also coaches multiple youth soccer teams at Washington Premier Football Club

Players that are interested in the open tryout can head to olytownfc.com to register and complete tryout forms. Each player gets a cleat bag and USL Trial Top. The tryout is open to the media and public and Dancing Goats Coffee will be on hand serving up hot coffee and cocoa as well as Oly Town’s Heater Tents with new USL Apparel, Beanies, Hoodies and Scarves.

Oly Town FC is a local professional-amateur soccer club based in Thurston County that was formed in 2014 by original founder Brandon Sparks. The Artesians (are-TEE-shuns) have evolved since their 2014 arena soccer days into a men’s and women’s premier outdoor program, which now are both franchises with the United Soccer League pathway to professional leagues. Oly Town believes in strengthening community ties with athletics and youth outreach.

“The Artesians signing Liviu Bird is symbolic of the programs goals to drive soccer upward here in Olympia,” said Principal Owner Ryan Perkins. “We look forward to inspiring local kids with the talent that come here next summer and soccer camps to connect kids with the nations top collegiate soccer players. Pleased to see the excitement and professional nature from Coach Bird in just the weeks leading up to this announcement.”

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