OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians will play their regular season opener on Saturday, November 17th when they host the Western Indoor Soccer League’s newest member, Tacoma Narrows FC, at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College. It is the first of ten regular season games for the Artesians as announced by the WISL this week.

With the addition of Narrows FC, the WISL returns to a six team league for its fifth season and each team will play five home games. The Artesians play three of their first four games on their home turf but then hit the road for four straight before finishing things off with two home games in a row, including a visit from three-time WISL champion Bellingham United in the regular season finale.

Here is the entire Artesians 2018-2019 schedule…

November 17 – vs. Tacoma Narrows – Evergreen Pavilion – 6:30 PM
December 1 – vs. Snohomish Skyhawks – Evergreen Pavilion – 6:30 PM

December 8 – at Bellingham United – Bellingham Sportsplex – 7:35 PM
December 15 – vs. Tacoma Stars Reserves – Evergreen Pavilion – 6:30 PM
December 22 – at Oly-Pen Force – Oly-Pen Sports Center – Time: TBA
January 5 – at Tacoma Stars Reserves – Tacoma Soccer Center – 6:00 PM
January 12 – at Snohomish Skyhawks – Snohomish Soccer Dome – Time: TBA
January 19 – at Tacoma Narrows – Tacoma Soccer Center – 8:00 PM
January 26 – vs. Oly-Pen Force – Evergreen Pavilion – 6:30 PM
February 2 – vs. Bellingham United – Evergreen Pavilion – 6:30 PM

Oly’s home field is The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College, a unique campus facility that received a $1 million renovation over the summer that included a new roof, new siding and interior improvements that will make the building much more inviting for players and fans. The field is the smallest field in the WISL but features the best site lines and the best atmosphere in the league and the Artesians are dedicated to putting on the best show in the WISL this season.

The Artesians will get their first competitive action next Saturday at the WISL Preseason Tournament, hosted by the Oly-Pen Force at the Oly-Pen Sports Center in Bremerton. The first games are set to kick off midday. A full schedule will be posted this week.

The Oly Town Artesians will open their fifth season in the Western Indoor Soccer League on Saturday, November 3rd at the annual WISL Pre-Season Tournament. The tournament is hosted by the Oly-Pen Force at the Oly-Pen Sports Center in Bremerton. Games will start midday, with the kick off time still set to be announced.

All WISL teams will participate in the tournament along with the Artesians and registration is open to other elite men’s indoor soccer teams. The cost for non-WISL teams is just $150 per team. Teams can register until October 31st by clicking here.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians will kick off their fifth season in the Western Indoor Soccer League with open tryouts on Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th. Matt Herrera returns for his second season at the helm of the arena Artesians and will preside over the trials. Tryouts on both days are set for 10:00 AM at The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College. The cost is $25 and players are encouraged to register early at www.olytownfc.com/tryouts.

The Artesians were founded in 2014 in advance of the WISL’s inaugural season and will play in their fifth season of indoor soccer. The team has given 76 different local players an opportunity to play elite indoor soccer over the past four seasons including all-time leading goal scorer and Evergreen State College alum Willie Spurr (Lane United – PDL) and Olympia High School’s Evan Munn (Oregon State University). Oly Town has featured players from numerous local high schools, collegiate players from Evergreen, Saint Martin’s and SPSCC, and local players that have played at a high level around the state and country.

Oly’s home field is The Pavilion at The Evergreen State College, a unique campus facility that received a $1 million renovation over the summer that included a new roof, new siding and interior improvements that will make the building much more inviting for players and fans. The field is the smallest field in the WISL but features the best site lines and the best atmosphere in the league and the Artesians are dedicated to putting on the best show in the WISL this season.

The WISL’s fifth season schedule will be released in October with the annual pre-season tournament kicking off festivities on the last weekend of October or the first week of November. The league’s regular season lasts from mid-November to February capped off by the playoffs and the title game.

Bellingham United is the three-time reigning champion of the WISL. The Tacoma Stars won the league’s inaugural title in 2015 before transitioning to the Major Arena Soccer League. The Tacoma Stars Reserves now compete in the WISL along with the Artesians, Bellingham, the Snohomish Skyhawks and the Olympic (Bremerton) Force.

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Chris Pugh | Photo: Charis Wilson

SNOHOMISH, Wash. – Willie Spurr scored his 10th goal of the season and chipped in two assists but despite 44 shots on goal, the Oly Town Artesians suffered a 7-5 road loss to the Snohomish Skyhawks on Saturday night.

Spurr opened the scoring for the Artesians in the first quarter and assisted the next two goals, the first a Marco Monzon goal in the second quarter and the third a Chris Pugh goal in the third. But Oly could muster just those three goals in the first three quarters and found themselves down 5-3 going into the fourth.

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Back row (left to right): Dyson Fowler, Mike Rancipher, Guilermo Martinez, Carlos Dextre, Mauricio Sanchez, Martin Ramirez.  Front row (left to right): Kevin Dlugos, Matt Stalnik, Noel Vazquez, Tyler Sharp, Greg Wolfe

TACOMA, Wash. – The Oly Town Artesians played their first competitive games at the Northwest Indoor Socer Invitational at the Tacoma Soccer Center on Saturday afternoon. Mike Rancipher scored the first goal in club history and Matt Stalnik scored three goals in three 24 minute preseason games. The Artesians scored a 1-1 draw against the Arlington Aviators, fell 2-1 to South Sound United and dropped their final game to the Snohomish Skyhawks, 4-2.

In the first game, Mike Rancipher got the Artesians on the board for the first time ever with a rocket shot from the top of the box. Oly Town played outstanding defense for the next ten minutes until the Aviators finally broke through and tied the game up. Time ran out and the Artesians registered their first ever point with a 1-1 draw.

Matt Stalnik scored the first of his three goals on the day with a goal at the 16 minute mark in game two. But South Sound United took advantage of a mistake in front of the keeper and tied the game up just a minute later and would take the lead with just three minutes left to play to take the 2-1 win.

In game three, with defenseman Guillermo Martinez out and only ten remaining Artesians available, the Snohomish Skyhawks used their depth and took a 2-0 lead in the first ten minutes of the game. Stalnik cut the lead to 2-1 with a goal in the 12th minute and following another Skyhawks goal, got the Artesians to within one again at 3-2 on an assist from Rancipher on a 2-1 break. But Snohomish would finish things off with a goal at the 5:11 mark and would prevail, 4-2.

Oly Town keeper Mauricio Sanchez played outstanding in all three games making save after save throughout the day. Carlos Dextre and Martin Ramirez just barely missed multiple goals and Dyson Fowler, Greg Wolfe, Kevin Dlugos, Noel Vazquez and Tyler Sharp each put in a great effort over three games.

The Seattle Impact Reserves won the Invitational championship later in the evening with a 3-1 win over the Tacoma Stars.

The Artesians now turn their attention toward the Western Indoor Soccer League’s regular season. The Tacoma Stars come to Olympia Indoor Soccer on November 22nd at 6:00 PM. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit the Artesians at olytownfc.com.

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The Oly Town Artesians are pleased to announce that Lucky Dog Casino will be the official sponsor of the club’s inaugural season jerseys. The Lucky Dog Casino logo will grace the front of the Artesians home and away jerseys for the entire 2014-2015 season.

The jerseys will make their debut today (Saturday, November 1st) at the Northwest Indoor Soccer Invitational at the Tacoma Soccer Center. The Artesians will play three preseason games beginning with a 2:30 PM matchup with fellow Western Indoor Soccer League squad Arlington Aviators, a 3:30 game against South Sound United and wrapping up with the Snohomish Skyhawks at 5:30. Admission to the entire tournament is free and games begin at 2:00 PM.

The Skokomish Nation’s Lucky Dog Casino is located just north of Shelton on US HWY 101. The casino will host a kick-off party for the Artesians and a mid-season event for the club at a time and date yet to be announced.

A formal unveiling of the jerseys is planned for next week at an event in Olympia. More information on that event will be released shortly.

Other sponsorship opportunities with the Artesians are available by calling Brandon Sparks at (360) 561-7252 or emailing olytownartesians@gmail.com.