The Oly Town Artesians are back in the WISL for a second season after the league’s other clubs approved a move to the Evergreen State University campus and The Evergreen Pavilion. The Artesians presented their case to the other teams after the Olympia Soccer Center closed, leaving Oly Town no place to play. The club will now begin to work on a series of upgrades to get the facility ready for a late November kick off. It will be a truly unique experience watching and playing at the Pavilion. It’s in essence a covered “outdoor” venue that will be adapted for WISL play. Stay tuned for updates as the venue is prepared. Below is Oly Town’s official announcement.
OLYMPIA, WA – (Artesians release) The Oly Town Artesians received approval from the Western Indoor Soccer League to use The Pavilion on the campus of The Evergreen State College as their home venue and will return to the WISL for the 2015-2016 season.
STALNIK NAMED HEAD COACH: The Artesians have named Matt Stalnik as the head coach for their second season in the local indoor soccer league. Stalnik scored four goals in the first three games of the inaugural WISL season before he suffered a torn ACL immediately after scoring the game winner with 12.5 seconds left against the Arlington Aviators. The former goalkeeper will likely miss the season on the field but will take over for Nate Salveson on the Artesians’ bench. This is his second stint as an indoor soccer head coach. Stalnik served in the same position for the Tumwater Pioneers in 2012.
THE PAVILION: The sale of the former Harbor Wholesale warehouse in Tumwater forced Olympia Indoor Soccer to find a new facility. After a long search for a new home over the summer, Oly Indoor and Artesians owner Tim Smith came to an agreement with The Evergreen State College to run programs out of The Pavilion.The Pavilion features the only indoor surface and boards in the Olympia area and serves as the training facility for the Evergreen soccer teams. An indoor/outdoor facility, improvements have already begun to ensure comfort for players and fans throughout the winter and will provide the most unique home field advantage for any WISL team.
TRYOUTS SET FOR OCTOBER 3RD & 4TH: Tryouts for the new season are coming up quickly with the first set of trials scheduled for Saturday, October 3rd from 10:00 AM to noon and Sunday, October 4th from 4:00 PM to 6:00. The cost to tryout is $20. Please, no cleats. For more information or to RSVP, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about the 2015-2016 season will be released shortly.