BREMERTON, Wash. – The Northwest Premier League is excited to welcome the Oly Town Artesians to the Northwest’s premier women’s amateur league for the 2022 outdoor season and beyond. The Artesians outdoor team will join their women’s indoor team in the NWPL after completing a successful independent schedule in the summer of 2021. Oly Town FC was founded in 2014 and their men’s sides have represented Olympia, Washington in the Western Indoor Soccer League and the Evergreen Premier League.
“As an organization we feel that the NWPL brings a level of play and atmosphere that best fits the Oly Town Artesian mindset,” said Artesians owner Ryan Perkins. “We are excited for premier level soccer and a larger geographic area to compete in and we are excited to meet our new friends around the league and provide quality women’s soccer here in the capitol city of Olympia!”
The Oly Town women’s outdoor team played a five game independent schedule last season to get the program off the ground and went undefeated against a lineup of teams that included two NWPL teams. Kailey Utley scored five goals in four games and longtime NWPL goalkeeper Kyla Carter allowed just two goals over four games.
The Artesians will play their home games at Black Hills High School, their home for outdoor soccer since the facility was built in 2017. Black Hills provides a seating area for 300 fans, locker rooms at the high school, public address system, restrooms and more and the Artesians often bring in food trucks and provide a great atmosphere for soccer fans.
Oly Town FC was founded in 2014 as a men’s indoor team premiering in the Western Indoor Soccer League and then joined the Evergreen Premier League for men’s outdoor play in 2017. They added a women’s indoor team in 2020 but played just two games before the pandemic hit and added women’s outdoor in 2021. For more information on the team, visit their website at www.olytownfc.com
The capitol city of Olympia has been represented in the Northwest Premier League since 2018 by Blackhills FC. Blackhills opted to leave the league this season, opening the door for the Artesians to bring their ambitious brand of soccer to the NWPL.
ABOUT THE NORTHWEST PREMIER LEAGUE: The Northwest Premier League (NWPL) is an elite, adult, amateur women’s soccer league featuring Northwest clubs across the states of Washington and Oregon. The league currently sits at nine clubs: AC Chehalem Valley (Newberg, OR), Capital FC Atletica (Salem, OR), Northwest Elite FC (Beaverton, OR), Oly-Pen Force (Bremerton, WA), Oly Town Artesians (Olympia, WA), Seattle Stars, Twin City Union (Centralia, WA), Washington Premier (Puyallup, WA), Vancouver Victory (Vancouver, WA), Yakima United.