OLYMPIA, WA— The Oly Town Artesians arrive at the 2018 Evergreen Premier League season like many of their fellow clubs do: a lot is new and their program is building. There is a new head coach, a new venue, and a new outlook as the Artesians enter their second year of play.
Oly Town FC Artesians
HOME GROUND: BLACK HILLS HS
COLORS: BLUE & GREEN
EPLWA TITLES: NONE
HEAD COACH: MATT HERRERA
Artesians General Manager Brandon Sparks has been with the club since he helped found it with owner Tim Smith as an indoor team (WISL) back in 2014. He’s anticipating the Artesians offseason changes will boost their profile. “Like almost everybody in the EPLWA, we have a new head coach,” Sparks begins. “Matt Herrera has been with the Artesians for a good portion of our history and is now the coach for both the indoor and outdoor squads. He is strong presence in area’s adult soccer community. Players know him and want to play for him and it is already paying dividends.”
MATCH(ES) DAY! Your Artesians collected all ten point possible with their shutout of the Lacey Pocket Gophers last night and sit on top of the table at the Evergreen Cup. Today, we face the Seattle Stars at 3:00 and Tri-Cities Alliance at 7:00 with a playoff appearance on Sunday on the line. See you there!
The Artesians play a couple of places last season and took notes on what worked and what didn’t. “We also made the move from The Evergreen State College to the new soccer facility at Black Hills High School (for 2018),” says Sparks. “We thought seriously about moving to a larger stadium for this season but decided in the end that playing at a more intimate facility, with the stands close to the action, and on a brand new field was our best option. I think fans are really going to like the setup and the view of the game. It’s a really nice little facility that Black Hills is continuing to upgrade.”
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Ambitious Preseason Pays Off
The Artesians scheduled April matches that really put the roster to the test. “Preseason has gone really well. We played a much more challenging schedule than we did before our first season and it has paid off,” Sparks believes. “The three Evergreen Cup games, despite being shorter than normal, were long enough to get a good feel how full games would go. Then we played against a chippy Division II team on a long, wet, grass field and responded well and got a win. Then we got a really good, intense game in what I assumed would be a lite scrimmage and picked up a 5-3 win over an NPSL team. We’ve had a few disappointing injuries that might keep a couple veterans out for an extended period of time, but we’ve been able to see a lot of players and Matt has done a good job of mixing up the rosters and seeing what works and what doesn’t.”
It’s in the Water, and on the Roster
“Last season we were a little offensively challenged, we were at times forced to park the bus and see what happened. But with the addition of former OKC Energy midfielder Daniel Gonzalez – who Matt Herrera coached in high school at Yelm, a variety of other newcomers, and veterans with a year of experience under their belt, it already looks like we will be more dangerous. We have some good talent including Cascade Conference Newcomer of the Year Angel Trejo-Delgado from Evergreen and Charlie Spurr, a two-time Division III Midwest Conference and All-Region selection at St. Paul’s Macalester College. And if that name sounds familiar, it’s because Charlie is the brother of the Artesians’ indoor goals leader, Willie Spurr. We also have a nice relationship with players from JBLM and have had contributions from two guys that have played for their services at a national level, Alan Ibarra for Army and TJ O’Connor for the Air Force. And of course we have a whole contingent of Evergreen players and alums and guys that are either from here or have settled here. Like Timberline grad Collin Tate, Olympia’s Kolby Johnson, and Capital grads Nate Boatright and Daniele Zaccagnini, just to name a few.
#HometownSoccer in the Capital
The Artesians may only be in their second season in the EPLWA, but they have been gaining fans in Washington’s capital since they were born in the Western Indoor Soccer League back in 2014. Sparks has been a driving force behind the great online and social media presence of the club. “I absolutely love representing the Olympia area across the state and even nationwide and doing so in a positive but fun way,” he says. “And it has given me so much joy to give local players the opportunity to keep playing at a high level and develop and move up the ladder.”
Oly Town FC Artesians 2018 Details
Wembley Soccer Shop Field at Black Hills High School – 7741 Littlerock Rd SW
Ticket prices: $8 for adults, $5 for kids 5-12, military and seniors, kids under 5 are free. Season tickets are $30 for adults without scarf, $38 for adults plus a scarf. Tickets can be purchased at www.olytownfc.com/tickets
All home game are at 6:00 PM except the home opener on Sunday, May 13th. That is a 4:00 PM first kick.
Matt Herrera – Head Coach, Bradley Hanson – Assistant Coach
Confirmed Roster (as of May 2, 2018)
JJ Olson (GK)
Jorge Villegas (GK)