Arriving Late, Coming on Strong

Around the World and Close to Home

Terrorists hijack four airliners and crash two into New York’s World Trade Center and other into the Pentagon U.S., British forces launch attacks on terrorist camps in Afghanistan and the Taliban government collapses within two months. Inheriting a budget surplus, new President George W. Bush signs the biggest tax-cut laws in 20 years, and mailings containing deadly anthrax result in deaths of several postal workers. The Seattle Sonics are sold to Starbucks founder Howard Schultz, the Seattle Mariners tie a league record with 116 wins, a 6.8 magnitude earthquake jolts Seattle and Puget Sound and causes more than $1 billion in damage, and after 85 years Boeing moves its headquarters to Chicago.

Arriving Late, Coming on Strong

Throughout the sporting world, the game can lurch forward from time to time. Sometimes it’s a special, single player or team raising the game. But just as often advancement is spurred on by teams or players battling one another for supremacy over a city, league or region.

The initial rise of collegiate women’s soccer in the state was borne from a local rivalry between Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran. Ten years after the Lutes’ third NAIA championship, the long-awaited arrival on the scene of Seattle Pacific, as well as the shift in affiliations from NAIA to NCAA Divisions II and III, served as a significant booster.

In the eight seasons preceding 2001, just three D2 an D3 Washington women’s programs participated in a national tournament. In the eight seasons from 2001-2008, there was a total of 20 teams reaching the postseason, culminating in SPU becoming the state’s first women’s program to lift an NCAA trophy.

Long regarded as a “soccer school,” that is emphasizing the sport rather than shrinking from it, Seattle Pacific’s journey from club to varsity status lasted a quarter-century. The Falcons were competitive as a club in the mid-Seventies, and when SPU added a women’s sport in 1986 to comply with Title IX, soccer seemed a logical choice.

Seattle Pacific, after all, had blazed a trail for many men’s programs around the Northwest. Locally, the Falcons’ Cliff McCrath held the megaphone for the game, lifting the program above the fray in both the media and on the pitch. McCrath also mined resources that allowed his teams to travel nationwide, wear the best of gear and attract top talent. They won a lot of games, not to mention five national championships. But the Falcons had no home, and that was the primary reason no women’s team materialized.

In 1997, Seattle Pacific opened its first permanent home venue, Interbay Stadium. That same year the administration also authored a five-year plan for athletics, identifying women’s soccer as the next intercollegiate program. In early 2000, a start date was set for fall 2001.

Certainly, SPU was late to the parade, 12 other schools had already begun play since the first club program kicked a ball. Still, they quickly began gaining ground. The Falcons approached recently retired U.S. National Team legend Michelle Akers, a close friend of McCrath, to lead the team. When Akers opted to stay in Florida, Seattle Pacific tapped into its own history Bobby Bruch, an alumnus of two championship teams, was chosen as head coach. There would be two scholarships to start and four by 2004.

There was on-campus buzz from the program’s initial announcement through to those first few seasons, and the team proved worthy. Behind Andrea Larsen, an Oklahoma State transfer (she was fiancé to Sonics rookie Desmond Mason), the Falcons contested for a conference championship up to the final week of that first season, won it in 2002 (through 2005) and made the NCAA tournament in Year 3.

They also awakened the neighbors. Soon, Seattle University and Western Washington became regular GNAC contenders and NCAA tournament participants, lifting the level of play in the process and reaching virtual parity with programs throughout the West.

Year in Review
SEATTLE SOUNDERS
Season Record
13-12-1, 12th in A-League
Coach
Bernie James (1st year)
Top Scorer
Leighton O'Brien (11 goals)
COLLEGIATE
Men's Collegiate Postseason
Washington D1, 2nd rnd, Gonzaga D1, 1st rnd, Seattle U D2, quarterfinal, Whitworth D3, 3rd rnd
Women's Collegiate Postseason
Washington D1, 2nd rnd
Men's Conference Champions
Gonzaga (co-WCC), Seattle U (GNAC), Whitworth (NWC)
Women's Conference Champions
Seattle U (GNAC)
NWAC Men's Champion
Bellevue
NWAC Women's Champion
Clackamas
YOUTH
WIAA Boys Champion
Decatur (4A), Monroe (3A), East Valley (2A), St. George's (1A)
WIAA Girls Champion
Tahoma (4A), West Valley (3A), Naches Valley (2A), Cedar Park Christian (1A)
WASHINGTON YOUTH SOCCER
President
Ron Copple
Member Associations
34
Players
122,000 (b: 87,840, g: 34,160)
Largest Attendance
3,665, Seattle Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps, Memorial Stadium
Largest Amateur Attendance
2,808, Washington vs. Portland, Husky Soccer Stadium

2001: Arriving Late, Coming on Strong

It took 25 years for Seattle Pacific to add a women's team, but it triggers advancement throughout the state's Division II and III programs.

MLS Contraction Impacts Henderson, Preki
December 14, 2001

Major League Soccer's financial crisis leads the Miami Fusion and Tampa Bay Mutiny to cease operations. Miami's Chris Henderson and Preki are later acquired by Colorado and Kansas City, respectively. The Fusion had finished with the league's top regular season record.

Scott's 'Trick Gives Zags Upset
October 21, 2001

Senior defender Zach Scott scores only the fifth hat trick in Gonzaga program history – all on headers – as the Bulldogs stun 17th-ranked Loyola Marymount, 4-1, at Martin Field. Taylor McCool stakes the Zags to a 4th-minute lead and Scott's first goal doubles it in the 16th. He adds goals in the 54th and 69th minutes. Unbeaten now in six outings, Gonzaga is ranked No. 16 the following week.

Hawai'i Wahine Stranded in Spokane
September 11, 2001

The nationwide ground stop leaves Hawai'i Wahine stranded at Spokane following games at Gonzaga and Eastern Washington. The Wahine is forced to cancel its own tournament in Honolulu. "It really gets to some of the girls when they compare this to Pearl Harbor," says Michelle Landis, the team's trainer. "A lot of the girls haven't been to the mainland that many times, and it really puts it in perspective for them."

Akers Performs WUSA's Ceremonial First Kick
April 14, 2001

Michelle Akers may not play the inaugural season of America's new women's professional league, but she performs the ceremonial first kick for Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA). Prior to the inaugural match at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., Akers takes the ball from a parachutist and performs the symbolic commencement of play. The host Washington Freedom defeat the Bay Area CyberRays, 1-0, before a crowd of 34,148. Injured, Akers performs the kick with her right arm in a sling. Kent's Michelle French starts for Washington and Sandra Hunt of Bellingham is the match referee.

UW Beats Portland with 7 Seconds Left
November 9, 2001

Seth Marsh comes off the bench and scores the winning goal with 7 seconds left as 10th-ranked Washington rallies to beat No. 15 Portland, 4-3, before over 2,808 to remain unbeaten at home. Marsh enters the tied match 63 seconds before scoring. A corner kick by Ben Somoza finds Marsh six yards in front of the net. Greg Foisie pulls the Huskies level in the 70th minute. Somoza has a first-half goal and assists on another by Zach Kingsley. Kelly Gray has two of Portland's three goals.

Solo, French, Start for U.S. in China
January 14, 2001

Both Michelle French and Hope Solo start for the United States in a 1-1 draw with China before 30,000 in frigid Hangzhou. It's French's 13th and next-to-last appearance for the USWNT. She returns July 3 for a match vs. Canada. Jennifer Lalor's 17th minute goal for the U.S. goal earns her $1,250 for scoring the first goal in the new Dragon Sports Centre Stadium.

Decatur Wins Boys' 4A in Dying Seconds
May 26, 2001

Decatur defender William Craig pushes forward in the dying seconds of overtime to kick in the title-winning goal of the boys' 4A final in Everett. The undefeated Gators (21-0-1) win their first championship, 2-1, over Ferris. Decatur's Erik Sterling gets the game's first goal 10 minutes into the second period. With five minutes left in regulation, Ian O'Neill of Ferris ties it. With penalty kicks looming, Craig takes a flick-on from Alex Chursky to score.

Keller Back in Premier League with Spurs
August 13, 2001

Kasey Keller returns to England, signing with Tottenham on a free transfer. Keller, 31, played for Millwall and Leicester from 1991-99. He left Spain's Rayo Vallecano earlier in the summer, and a proposed move to Turkish team Besiktas fell through.

Portland KO's Gonzaga, UW in NCAAs
November 25, 2001

Portland makes itself at home on Montlake, eliminating Washington, 1-0, in the second round of the NCAA men's tournament on Nate Jaqua's long drive in the first half. The Pilots ousted Gonzaga, 1-0, at Husky Soccer Field two days earlier. Jaqua beats UW keeper Danny Waltman from 30 yards in the 37th minute. Despite reaching the postseason seven straight years, the Huskies have yet to reach the third round.

Girls Do Double Duty In Hoops, Footy
March 11, 2001

Fifteen hours after starting for runner-up Blanchet in the state 3A girls basketball championship game, Katie O'Brien converts the winning shootout goal for Seattle's Emerald City FC '81 Azzurri in the title game of the U-18 Snickers Championship Cup at Renton Stadium. Rebekah Ten Broek of Lynden and Temryss Lane of Sehome also played in state hoops games before playing for ECFC Azzurri. Both girls have Division I scholarships and will play soccer next season, Lane at Arizona State and Ten Broek at Marshall in West Virginia.

Seven Locals Taken in A-League Draft
February 8, 2001

Gonzaga's Brian Ching is selected 17th overall by the Sounders in the A-League draft while Seattle Pacific's Vadim Tolstolutsky is another first-round pick, going 21st to Portland's expansion team. Five other players with Washington roots are taken. Washington's Michael Casale (22nd), Mark Hogenhout (39th) and Kai Carroll (43rd) and Puget Sound's Tye Tolentino (60th) are drafted by Seattle. Dana Garner of SPU goes 33rd to the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Seattle U Holds On for NAIA Win
November 16, 2001

Seattle University got two goals from Danny Ferris and held off a late threat by Berry College to defeat the fifth-seeded Vikings, 2-1 in the first round of the NAIA national tournament in Bowling Green, Ky. The 12th-seeded Redhawks take the lead after 20 minutes through Ferris working a combination with James Vert and Matt Hulen. Ferris completes his third straight brace with 27 minutes left. Berry pulls a goal back but cannot find the equalizer.

Klaas, Huskies Win Over Blackburn Reserves
August 22, 2001

C.J. Klaas scores one and assists on a second goal for Washington in a 3-1 win over Blackburn Rovers reserves at Ewood Park. Brett Wiesner and Greg Foisie also score in the third match of the Huskies' five preseason tour dates. Six of Blackburn's side have Premier League experience. UW plays reserves of Everton (1-1), Manchester City (2-2), Crewe Alexandra (3-3) and West Ham (2-3) during the tour.

Hartstein Keys Seattle U Postseason Opener
November 9, 2001

Seattle University gets two goals and an assist from Heather Hartstein to storm past Western Baptist, 4-0, in an NAIA first-round regional playoff at Bellevue's Newport High School. However, the next night the Redhawks are denied a place in the 16-team national tournament by Concordia, 1-0.

Whitworth Wins 10th in a Row
October 20, 2001

An early second-half penalty kick puts Whitworth on top in a 2-0 victory at Willamette that clinches the Pirates' first Northwest Conference men's title of the NCAA era. Matt Stueckle converts the penalty, and Doug Lupton keeps a clean sheet vs. nine-man Willamette for Whitworth's 10th consecutive victory.

Defense Keys UW Women's NCAA Win
November 16, 2001

Stifling defense is behind 17th-ranked Washington's defeat of San Diego, 2-0, in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Portland's Merlo Field. It’s Pac-10 Player of the Year Hope Solo’s record-tying 16th career shutout. Under pressure, the Toreros manage only five shots, three on frame. Jamie Carsten puts the Huskies in front, heading in a Nicole Martinez corner kick at 35:42. Freshman Tina Frimpong increases the lead in the 52nd minute.

Keller Extends WCQ Scoreless String
April 25, 2001

In his first USMNT start in nearly six months, Kasey Keller makes six saves in posting his third straight shutout in World Cup qualifying. The U.S. blanks Costa Rica, 1-0, before a record Kansas City attendance of over 37,000. After Josh Wolff's 70th-minute goal, Keller preserves the advantage, including stopping a Paolo Wanchope header with eight minutes left.

No. 4 Huskies Down No. 20 UCLA
October 19, 2001

Fourth-ranked Washington cruises to its eighth straight win, 3-1, over No. 20 UCLA in front of 1,587 fans at Husky Soccer Field. The Huskies pull away when substitute Greg Foisie heads home in the 73rd minute from a Ben Somoza cross. Jake Sagare puts it away at 84:54. Ben Somoza gives Washington an early lead at 8:52. UCLA ties it in the 68th.

Seattle U Goes Out in Quarterfinal
November 17, 2001

Despite getting two first-half goals from Joe Watson, Seattle University can’t hold off unbeaten Rio Grande in the NAIA quarterfinals. The Redhawks go down, 3-2, to close-out their NAIA era. Joe Watson scores in the 8th and 31st minutes. The lead holds until the 67th minute, when Rio Grande scores twice in 1:41, then wins it with 5:43 left. It ends an SU run in which they won nine of the last 10.

Bremerton's Olympic Center Opens
November 17, 2001

Olympic Soccer & Sports Center opens in Bremerton's Pendergast Park. The $900,000 center features two competitive indoor fields, plus a mezzanine area and observation deck in the 25,000-square-foot building. Construction began in June.

Klinsmann Keynotes FC United Showcase
June 15, 2001

Former German world champion Jurgen Klinsmann delivers the keynote address at FC United's Northwest Showcase of Champions. The showcase offers college coaches an opportunity to see the Northwest's top players, as well as workshops and lectures. Klinsmann, 36, retired in 1998 and now resides in southern California.

Strug Honored by Former Players
June 23, 2001

Former members of the Norpoint Cheney Studs Hustlers reunite to honor former coach Roman Strug. The gathering comes almost 30 years to the day since the Hustlers became one of the first U.S. junior teams to play in Britain. The Hustlers were a regional power, compiling a 148-21-13 record over a seven-year period against teams throughout the West and took a 65-game win streak into the UK tour. Strug, a Ukrainian, became a legendary coach in the Washington soccer community. He led teams to about a dozen junior championships in 35 years of coaching. He retired in 1999.

Puget Sound Wins on 44th Shot
October 20, 2001

Puget Sound fires 43 shots before finally connecting on the game-winning goal vs. Pacific at Baker Stadium. Emily Bumguardner scores at 84:10 for the Loggers' 23rd straight conference victory. Nineteen of those wins are shutouts, including 11 this season. UPS goalie Karen Ecklebe posts her seventh shutout of the season.

Huskies Drop Defending Champ, No. 1 UConn
September 1, 2001

Freshman Brett Wiesner delivers his first collegiate goal to lead 14th-ranked Washington to a 1-0 upset of defending NCAA champion and top-ranked Connecticut in front of 2,852 fans in Storrs, Conn. Wiesner's winner comes just 6 minutes, 34 seconds, when a UConn clearing header falls short and he drills it home. Chad Olson stops five shots in goal. Afterward, UW climbs nine places to No. 2 in the national rankings.

Ferris Fires Seattle U to Nationals
November 10, 2001

Danny Ferris fires a pair of goals in the final minutes, lifting Seattle University to a 2-0 NAIA regional championship victory over Albertson College at Clark Community College in Vancouver. It's a scoreless contest until 86:20, when Ferris scores in his third straight game. He strikes again 85 seconds later to confirm the Redhawks' third trip to NAIA nationals. Evan McNeley assists both goals, and Brandon Sewell makes seven saves.

Pirates Prevail on Penalties
November 9, 2001

Whitworth upsets top-seeded regional host Macalester College, 1-1 (4-2), in a penalty-kick shootout in St. Paul, Minn., to advance to the third round of the NCAA Division III soccer tournament. Matt Knoll's goal at the 28:36 mark gives the Pirates an early lead, but Macalester answers with 3:01 left in regulation to force the first of two scoreless overtimes. Goalkeeper Ben Oakley makes consecutive saves in the shootout to send Whitworth to the next round.

SPU Goalkeeper Scores Winner in Comeback
October 18, 2001

Freshman goalkeeper James Ward removes his gloves and changes shirts for the final 27 minutes to lead a furious Seattle Pacific comeback at San Antonio. The Falcons come from two goals down to catch and then defeat St. Edward's, 3-2, when Ward scores his first collegiate goal with 4:41 left in regulation. Ward assists on two David Smith goals coming less than two minutes apart, the equalizer in the 80th minute. SPU (9-6-0) is bidding to earn an NCAA postseason berth for the 13th year in a row.

O'Brien Feat: Hat Trick by Penalty
September 1, 2001

It's a strange and rare feat. Leighton O'Brien scores all three Sounders goals via penalty kicks as Seattle also overcomes two ejections to defeat El Paso, 3-2, on the road. Viet Nguyen is sent off after only six minutes, and seconds later coach Bernie James follows for protesting. O'Brien's penalties are scored in the 59th, 70th and 80th minutes. The Patriots also score from the spot in the 89th minute.

Evergreen Woes Finally End
August 27, 2001

Evergreen State ends its 38-game winless streak, dominating Northwest College, 4-0, in a Cascade Conference game. The Geoducks had not won since Oct. 14, 1998, a 1-0 decision over Hawaii Pacific, and had lost each match (38 total, including five ties) since a 1-1 tie with Northwest on Sept. 3, 1999. Justin Connell scored two goals in the first 23 minutes against Northwest, which had just 10 players. Truman Read and Brian Cook also scored. Evergreen women's coach Arlene McMahon coached the team after Scott Martin was fired Aug. 24.

Tahoma Wins First Girls' Title in 15 Years
November 17, 2001

Rachel Serpa strokes the knockout penalty kick and Jenney Edwards makes a key third-round shootout save, allowing Tahoma (21-0-1) to grab the school's first state girls' title since 1986. The Bears take the 4A decision over Inglemoor, 1-1 (5-3), at Federal Way Stadium. Molly McDonald gives Tahoma the initial lead from a Tina Thorne corner kick in the 21st minute. In the 38th, Inglemoor ties through Stacey Sarro. It is just the second goal allowed by the Bears' defense. In the shootout, Edwards tips a try from Ana Gutierrez over the crossbar, then Serpa's clinching penalty finds the lower right corner, sending Tahoma fans into a frenzy.

Pacific Lutheran Coaches Resign
December 13, 2001

Joe and Sue Shinafelt Waters, the husband-and-wife soccer coaches at Pacific Lutheran, announce they will not return in 2002. Joe Waters coached the men's team for four seasons (25-39-6). Sue coached the PLU women for six years (38-62-6). She had played on two Lutes national championship teams.

No. 4 UPS Snubbed By D3 Tournament
October 28, 2001

Fourth-ranked Puget Sound is inexplicably snubbed by the NCAA Division III women's tournament selection committee. Somehow, the Loggers (15-2-1) are denied one of 11 at-large berths. Instead, the lone West at-large spot goes to Redlands, a team UPS beat eight weeks earlier, 4-1. Willamette, which defeated Puget Sound on a late goal to claim the NWC title and automatic berth, will play host to the regional. If the Loggers had tied Willamette, UPS would have garnered the automatic bid.

Falcons Win Inaugural Home Match
September 8, 2001

Seattle Pacific rebounds from two road losses to win its first GNAC game in its inaugural women's home match before 500 at Interbay Stadium. Andrea Larsen scores her fourth in five games and LeRin Farrison also gets a second-half goal as the Falcons defeat Central Washington, 2-1. FIFA referee Sandra Hunt, an SPU alumnae and former club player, officiates.

PSA Votes to Approve Stadium Turf
September 27, 2001

FieldTurf is approved as the field surface for the new stadium being built on the former Kingdome site. Scheduled to open in August 2002, the stadium will be home to the NFL Seahawks and a wide range of soccer events. But the Board of Directors of the Washington State Public Stadium Authority, which owns the facility, approves FieldTurf only after receiving commitments that temporary natural grass will be installed for major soccer events. First & Goal will pay for the installation of temporary natural grass. Further, if a natural grass field is required to attract a Major League Soccer franchise to Seattle, First & Goal will permanently replace the FieldTurf with natural grass. Board members noted that state voters approved the $430 million financing plan for the stadium on the condition that it host both football and soccer, and reminded that they are committed to a project that considers the needs of both sports.

Seattle U Finally Solves SPU Home Advantage
October 6, 2001

Joe Watson’s second-half goal ends 23 years of frustration for Seattle University trying to win on Seattle Pacific’s home field, 2-1, before a near-capacity crowd at Interbay Stadium. The Redhawks score on their first shot, taken by Evan McNeley, in the fifth minute. Watson doubles the lead in the 54th before 23rd-ranked SPU cuts the deficit on Brent Egbert’s strike with 10 minutes to go. Seattle U takes the lead in the GNAC race it eventually finishes 4-0-0.

Wittstruck Closes UPS Career Strong
November 3, 2001

Ryan Wittstruck makes six saves and Anthony Fioretti scores twice to lead Puget Sound over Pacific Lutheran, 2-0, to cap the regular season at East Athletic Field. The Loggers win their final five games, all with Wittstruck in goal. In an injury-shortened season, he earns two shutouts, bringing his career record total to 30.

MLS, A-League Play Postponed
September 12, 2001

Joining most all sports leagues following the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber announces that all remaining regular season matches have been canceled and will not be rescheduled. MLS will go ahead with the playoffs, with the first round to begin Sept. 20. USL A-League playoffs are delayed a week, until Sept. 19. The Seattle Sounders' season ended Sept. 8 without qualifying for the playoffs. The entire airspaces of the United States and Canada were closed to civilian air traffic by the FAA on Sept. 11 and were not allowed to resume until Sept. 13. The backlog of delayed passengers took several days to clear.

Sounders Selects Reach Regional Final
July 27, 2001

Sy Reeves scored the go-ahead goal in the 83rd minute, and the Seattle Sounders Selects defeat the Denver Cougars, 3-1, in a Western Conference semifinal game at Santa Ana Bowl. Seattle scores all three of its goals during the second half to reach the USL PDL final eight. Reeves's goal comes four minutes after a Denver player is ejected. James Vert is denied by the Cougars keeper, but Reeves makes no mistake with an open net. Greg Foisie scores the Selects opener, and Todd Stauber adds an insurance goal with three minutes remaining. Calgary defeats Seattle, 3-0, the following night and proceeds to make the PDL final.

Big Crowd Sees Huskies Prevail in Apple Cup
October 13, 2001

Ninety seconds after entering the match, Erin Otagaki scores the decisive goal, lifting 14th-ranked Washington to a 2-1 victory over Washington State in the Pacific-10 Conference opener before a crowd of 2,490 at Husky Soccer Field The attendance figure is No. 3 all-time for the Huskies. Jaime Carstensen opens the scoring just over six minutes into the contest with a lofted shot from 15 yards. Otagaki extends the UW lead to 2-nil at 57:30, collecting a loose ball and firing it from 12 yards. WSU answers a minute later. Keegan Hughes scores from 10 yards.

Three WA Women Aid Santa Clara Title Drive
December 9, 2001

Three players from Washington contribute to Santa Clara winning its first NCAA women's title, upsetting 2-time defending champion North Carolina, 1-0, at Dallas. Aly Wagner's first-half goal is the difference. Santa Clara's midfield features senior Kerry Cathcart of Tacoma and all-region junior Devvyn Hawkins of Olympia. Redmond's Allie Teague is a reserve freshman forward. In the final seconds, Cathcart and Hawkins found each other and hugged, Cathcart shouting, "Go Washington!" It had also been an emotional past month for Hawkins her father, Mark, died of cancer in November. The Broncos (23-2-0) snap the Tar Heels' 33-game win streak. In Santa Clara's 3-2 overtime win over Florida, Vancouver's Crystal Frimpong scored for the Gators.

Schmetzer Named Sounders Head Coach
November 29, 2001

Brian Schmetzer, a Sounders player in both the NASL and A-League eras and a Seattle native, is named Sounders head coach. This will be the first head coaching appointment for Schmetzer, 39. He served as player/assistant coach with the indoor Seattle SeaDogs from 1995-97. Schmetzer serves as coaching director of the Emerald City Futbol Club and coached the Lake City Hawks over-30 team to the national championship last year.

Conferences Postpone Play Through Weekend
September 11, 2001

Colleges and conferences through the nation begin canceling and postponing athletic contests in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Pac-10, WCC and Big Sky soccer games begin resuming Sept. 20. Not as reliant on air travel, GNAC, NWC and CCC resume as early as Sept. 15 when Seattle Pacific plays a women's game at Humboldt State. Their scheduled flight canceled, the Falcons drive 575 miles each way to Arcata, Calif.

Kinoshita Provides Seattle's Golden Finish
May 12, 2001

Kei Kinoshita's overtime, top-of-the-box volley finds twine and the golden goal gives the Seattle Sounders a 2-1 victory over Portland at Memorial Stadium. With Timbers keeper Matt Napoleon racing off his line, Kinoshita arrives to hit Kyle Smith's flick-on goalward in the 110th minute. Scott Jenkins scores the tying goal in the 62nd minute after former Sounder Darren Sawatzky struck early on a penalty. It's the Sounders' (1-2-0) first win of the season and comes 24 hours after falling in Portland. The match is hotly contested, with nine cards shown, including reds to both sides in the 75th minute.

16 Saves for Sounders Rookie
August 12, 2001

Rookie goalkeeper Rich Cullen is credited with a record 16 saves in his first A-League start, a 2-1 overtime loss at Montreal. Cullen is a Spokane native spelling regular starter Preston Burpo who played the night before. Bill May had set the club record of 12 saves in 2000. Cullen also makes 13 saves Sept. 7 at Vancouver.

High School, Youth Play Goes On
September 11, 2001

High school and youth athletic competition throughout the state experiences a relatively brief interruption due to the 9/11 attacks. Some leagues postponed action immediately, others carried on. By Sept. 15 most competition resumes. Washington State ferries were limited to passenger-only service over concerns about car bombs after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Hawkins Debuts for USWNT
March 7, 2001

Devvyn Hawkins joins Hope Solo in the United States starting XI for a friendly at Italy. Hawkins, a sophomore from Olympia who plays at Santa Clara and summer with the Sounders Women, is making the first of her five appearances in 2001. Solo, the UW junior, is starting the second of her team-high four starts in goal. Italy wins, 1-0, in the Algarve Cup warm-up in Rieti.

UW's Otagaki Strikes Again, Beats Cal
October 19, 2001

Halftime substitute Erin Otagaki scores on the hour, and Hope Solo preserves the lead in No. 18 Washington's 1-0 road over No. 15 California. It's Otagaki's second game-winner in six days and the Huskies fourth consecutive win. Solo totals nine saves, three of them very difficult, en route to her third shutout.

Megson Abruptly Resigns as Sounders Boss
April 19, 2001

Sixteen days prior to the Sounders' regular-season opener, Neil Megson resigns as head coach, citing differences in philosophy with management. Bernie James, Megson's top assistant, is named interim coach. Megson's teams went 90-54-23 (all competitions) in his five seasons, winning an A-League championship in 1996 and reaching the playoffs every year.

Whitworth Registers First NCAA Win
November 7, 2001

Brandon Carlson's second-half goal is enough as Whitworth registers its first NCAA Division III postseason victory, 1-0, over Colorado College. Carlson scores from 10 yards out from Kurt Kagawa in the 54th minute. Ben Oakley preserves the first-round shutout with a diving stop of a free kick with 26 minutes remaining. The Pirates are making their first trip to a national postseason tournament.

Portland Rivalry Renewed
May 11, 2001

Former Sounders Mark Baena and Darren Sawatzky haunt their former club as the A-League expansion Portland Timbers blank Seattle, 2-0, before 12,295 for their home debut at PGE Park. Baena scores the first goal and Sawatzky assists on both scores. The Timbers are coached by longtime NASL Sounders assistant Bobby Howe. It's the first Seattle-Portland professional 11v11 meeting since 1990. Indoor clubs met from 1995-97.

Thorson Elevates to Western Head Coach
February 20, 2001

Railene Thorson is named women's head coach at Western Washington following Derek Falor's departure. Thorson, from SeaTac, had served as Falor's assistant for two seasons after completing her goalkeeping career at Montana. Falor was 56-47-10 in six years. For the WWU men's program, Travis Connell is now solo head coach after sharing the job with Brad Swanson and Todd Stauber, respectively, the past two seasons.

Seattle Pacific Debut With Road Draw
August 25, 2001

Andrea Larsen's second-half goal earns a tie in Seattle Pacific's inaugural match, a 1-1 draw at Point Loma in San Diego. Larsen, a senior transfer from Oklahoma State, scores off an assist from Melissa Ellingson at 50:50. Point Loma, ranked No. 23 among NAIA teams, had converted a penalty kick 30 seconds before halftime.

Henderson, Preki Lead Miami to MLS Semifinals
September 29, 2001

A spectacular scoring effort from Chris Henderson sends Miami past Kansas City, 2-1, in the deciding match of the MLS quarterfinal playoff series at Lockhart Stadium. From the left corner on the penalty area in the 71st minute, Henderson volleys just inside the upper far corner, over Kansas City goalkeeper Tony Meola. Preki scores the Fusion's first goal. Both he and Henderson played for the Wizards' 2000 MLS Cup winners the previous season.

Redhawks Clinch First GNAC Women's Title
November 3, 2001

Tafara Pulse and Jamie Nicolopolus score in the first eight minutes and Seattle University pounces on the opportunity to claim the first GNAC championship, 5-1, over Northwest Nazarene at Championship Field. A spurt of three more goals in a 10-minute span makes it a 5-nil runaway by halftime. The Redhawks win three of four down the stretch, scoring 14 goals.

Sounders Selects Shock Dallas in USOC
June 27, 2001

Kurt Ness's golden goal lifts Seattle Sounders Selects to a 3-2 shocker over the host Dallas Burn of Major League Soccer in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup in Duncanville, Texas. Ness, a 75th minute substitute, scores in the sixth minute of extra time when his shot deflects past the Dallas keeper. Greg Foisie (45') and Zach Kingsley (61') twice gave Seattle the lead in regulation. Billy Sleeth assists on both and makes a long run to set up the third. Carlos Castellanos makes six saves in the second half. The Selects are the only PDL or D3 Pro side to reach the third round.

Monroe Wins First State Crown in 48 Years
May 26, 2001

Monroe goalkeeper Ben Dragavon stops two Mercer Island shootout attempts and scores one of his own, leading the Bearcats to the first state championship for any Monroe sports team since 1953. Following a scoreless regulation and overtime, Dragavon scores the Bearcats' first penalty, then saves off Ross Miller in the sixth round to end it, 0-0 (5-4). In the final two minutes of regulation, Dragavon denies the Islanders' Colin Rigby a game-winner. He also saved two penalties in a semifinal advancement over Lakeside.

Pilots Put UW Women Out of Postseason
November 18, 2001

Two scores allowed within a four-minute span puts 17th-ranked Washington out of the NCAA women's tournament, and Portland is once again the culprit. Lisa Casagrande (23:55) and Christine Sinclair (27:23) goals give the Pilots a 2-0 win at Merlo Field. The Huskies manage just four shots and fall to 1-13-1 vs. UP, including four postseason losses in eight seasons. It's the final collegiate game for Hope Solo, who had allowed just three goals in her last 676 minutes.

Seattle Pacific Postpones Women's Match
September 11, 2001

Within a few hours of the terrorist attacks back east, Seattle Pacific postpones its women's soccer game vs. Western Washington later that evening at Interbay Stadium. Elsewhere, Puget Sound's men's afternoon game at Northwest Nazarene proceeds. The Loggers' flight back was canceled, however, due to the FAA ground stop order.

West Valley Star is Difference in 3A Girls' Final
November 17, 2001

Plagued by back pain, Annie Schefter doesn't start but she eventually finishes off Lakeside, 2-1, in the girls' 3A state final at Federal Way. Schefter, bound for Notre Dame, scores both goals for the Rams, who finish 24-0-0 and avenge a loss to the Lions a year earlier. Schefter's penalty with five seconds left in the first half opens the scoring. Teryn Allen levels matters for Lakeside in the 46th minute, but Schefter's 47th goal of the year wins it in the 66th minute. Lakeside (20-2-0) edged West Valley by an identical score in 2000.

Farrell Returns to Sounders
January 30, 2001

Following four seasons in MLS with Columbus, Jason Farrell returns home and rejoins the Sounders. Farrell, 30, played over 100 matches for the Crew, contributing 14 goals and 19 assists. He also plays indoors for Wichita of the NPSL. Farrell was second team all-league in 1994 and kept the 1995 title hopes alive with a late equalizer in the final.

Changes in Sounders Leadership After Missing Playoffs
November 8, 2001

Bernie James is fired as interim coach of the Seattle Sounders and general manager Brad Kimura resigns following the club's failure to make the A-League playoffs for the first time. Managing partner Adrian Hanauer will replace Kimura, who had been GM for six seasons. Settle finished 13-12-1 and fifth in the Western Conference. James had replaced Neil Megson just two weeks prior to the season.

Gonzaga's Struggles Continue
November 11, 2001

With a 7-0 loss at Pepperdine, the Gonzaga women go winless (0-15-2) for the entire season. The Bulldogs, who had lost the final 10 matches of 2000, manage to score only five goals. Both draws, against Portland State and Eastern Washington, are scoreless.

Daligcon Becomes Four-Time Champion
October 13, 2001

For the fourth time in his six seasons as a pro, Nate Daligcon helps raise the A-League championship trophy. Daligcon stars for Rochester in its 2-0 title game victory over Hershey at Frontier Field. Stoian Mladenov scores both goals in the final half-hour and the Rhinos become the first repeat champions since the 1995-96 Sounders. Daligcon, who scored in the first leg of a semifinal win over Milwaukee Oct. 4, starts the final and plays 58 minutes.

Solo First Keeper Named Pac-10 PoY
November 14, 2001

Washington junior Hope Solo becomes the first Husky and goalkeeper named Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year after leading UW to a second-place regular season finish. Solo compiled a 0.64 goals-against average, and Washington reached its sixth NCAA tournament berth in eight years. She is one of 15 nominees for the Hermann Trophy.

Another Keeper-Led Road Rally for Falcons
October 20, 2001

For the second time in three days, goalkeeper James Ward rescues Seattle Pacific's postseason hopes by moving up to forward and bringing the Falcons from behind. After trailing by three goals, SPU ties, 3-3, at Incarnate Word on Ward's second goal with 24 seconds left in regulation. David Smith begins the rally at 84:09, then Ward ties it at 84:47. He returns to goal to make two key overtime saves.

SPU Women Earn First Victory
August 28, 2001

Jessica Henson and Andrea Larsen score first-half goals as Seattle Pacific beats Vanguard, 3-0, in Costa Mesa, Calif., for the first varsity women's soccer victory in school history. Jennifer Hull makes eight saves in posting the shutout, and Sarah Richards adds an insurance goal.

Zags Finally Earn NCAA Berth
November 19, 2001

After 30 seasons and having its hopes dashed the past four years, Gonzaga finally earns an NCAA at-large berth. The Zags have tied for first or second place in the West Coast Conference four of the past five seasons. Seventh-year coach Einar Thorarinsson can’t bear to watch the selection show, instead riding a stationary bike until receiving a call on his cell phone. The second-place Zags are one of four WCC teams in the 48-team field.

First & Goal Recommends Switch to Turf
July 26, 2001

Four years after a statewide referendum votes to fund a new soccer/football stadium in Seattle. Paul Allen's First & Goal recommends a FieldTurf playing surface instead of the initially-proposed grass. As operator of the stadium and the Seahawks, F&G contends that FieldTurf would require less maintenance, hold up longer than grass and prevent injuries associated with other artificial surfaces. Soccer community leaders are concerned that an MLS team or international play would bypass Seattle because of the artificial surface.

UPS Women Win 10th Straight
October 22, 2001

Puget Sound reels off its 10th straight victory and 24th straight in Northwest Conference play, 3-0, over George Fox at East Athletic Field. It's the Loggers' eighth shutout in a row. Beth Taimi, Jessica Fritz and Tera Anderson score.

He said not to be too emotional after wins or losses and try to focus on my energy. I try to keep it mellow at home as well and enjoy the moment.
Chris Henderson crediting Kansas City Wizards coach Bob Gansler on refining his personality
We spent an enormous amount of time deliberating this decision and thought it was best to pause and reflect and honor both the victims and the heroes. It's hard to imagine people screaming and cheering in the stands this weekend. The driving factor for us was the appropriateness of playing the games.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber on suspending play following the 9/11 attacks
It's fun tearing off that jersey. The other guys on the team, they're looking at me and going, 'What is this guy doing?' If I don't do anything (as a forward), that's OK. I'm a goalkeeper. Most of the players, when they think of a goalkeeper, they think of the catching and stuff like that, but not with real foot skills. I've prided myself on that.
SPU's James Ward, whose attacking skills often pull him out of his normal position in goal
I'm rehabbing like I'm coming back to play. It would be awesome to play in the new league (WUSA). On the other hand, there comes a point when you have to consider how important is it to have life after soccer.
Michelle Akers on her prospects of returning to play in 2001
This was nothing to do with a lack of respect for what was going on in the world and in our country. It was simply trying to help the kids feel safe and secure. We talked all about the respect and everything during school, and put all of our flags at half staff, and the kids knew what was going on. We wanted to leave it up to the parents, and frankly, from what I understand, we had pretty good attendance.
Ann Brooks, community relations coordinator for the Tacoma School District, on resuming activities soon after the 9/11 attacks
We know we could fill that stadium with good quality international games. If an artificial surface would prevent us from attracting some of the big names in soccer and some of the national teams from around the world, I would have to think twice about that at this point. That's the concern of the board, and certainly my concern.
Washington State Public Stadium Authority chair Fred Mendoza on First & Goal's proposal to use FieldTurf instead natural grass in the new stadium
That's three clean sheets in a row in the last three qualifiers. Can't do any more than that. To me, that's what goalkeeping is. It's funny, because in Spain it's almost the opposite. There's some flamboyance, but that's not my game. I've been in England too long.
Kasey Keller on his World Cup qualifying shutout of Costa Rica
FieldTurf was not an option when the stadium was presented to voters in 1997. With the assurances in place for installation of natural grass for major soccer events, the public will be able to see world-class soccer events in this facility.
Fred Mendoza, Public Stadium Authority chair, explaining the FieldTurf decision for Seahawks Stadium
It was horrific. I watched the first tower collapse and then the second live on TV and thought, 'My God.' I was waiting for Bruce Willis to walk out and wondering when the credits were going to roll because it felt so unrealistic to accept the World Trade Center had just fallen down.
London-based Kasey Keller on watching New York's Twin Tower collapse during the 9/11 terrorist attacks
Brad (Kimura, GM) wanted me to do some things that I don't think a coach should be doing. I think 95 percent of my job should be coaching the team, and Brad thinks it should be developing the club. I don't think that's my job, and I didn't want to do that.
Neil Megson explaining his decision to resign as Sounders coach
What we want to do is bring young Americans to the club, and teach them something. We want to help them be pros and be a stepping stone to the MLS. There have been a slew of good players come from this area and done extremely well on a national level. I will be sticking hopefully with all local players. It will be my job to find younger players to hopefully push them onto that national stage. Seattle University, SPU and the University of Washington are turning out good soccer players every year. Just with those three institutions, I could field a good team.
Newly-hired Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer on how he will build his A-League squad
It just says a 12-1-1 team in conference is not good enough for them. I'm willing to take a look at both sides. I know the rules (to get in the tournament), but I can't find a reason why this happened. The thing that angers me the most is I don't know how to get better from here, or what to tell my players or what action steps to take...to improve.
Randy Hanson, UPS women's coach, on being subbed by NCAA Div. III tournament
Dallas went balls-out in the second half, but our guys wanted it more. The guys really played with a lot of heart.
Sounders Selects coach Teddy Mitalis on his team's Open Cup upset of Dallas
From a player's perspective, most soccer players by and large would prefer to play on grass. You're going to run into huge problems getting international games.
Sounders player Doug Morrill on the prospect of artificial turf as the Seahawks Stadium playing surface
He's a rare individual in this profession. He's so beautifully balanced in his character. He's competitive as a hungry tiger on the field, and yet he's got the sensibility of a village priest in the locker room. That's a hell of a spectrum.
Miami Fusion coach Ray Hudson on Chris Henderson
I've told her that (toddler daughter) MacKenzie is welcome to come to practice, or be on the road with us. We don't want it to be a stress in her life. If she needs a day off for a doctor appointment, she can have it. It's only a sport.
UW coach Lesle Gallimore on Tina Frimpong, her first child-rearing player in 11 seasons
College & High School All-America (USC)
Player (Hometown) School (Div/Team/Pos)
Bryn Ritchie (Medford, Or.) Washington (D1/3rd/D)
Hope Solo (Richland) Washington (D1/2nd/G)
Danny Ferris (Yakima) Seattle University (D2/2nd/M)
Kevin Houck (Missoula, Mt.) Seattle University (D2/3rd/D)
Tafara Pulse (Yakima) Seattle University (D2/2nd/M)
Maya Mendoza (Burien) Puget Sound (D3/3rd/D)
Matt Stueckle (Spokane) Whitworth (D3/2nd/D)
Collegiate Men's Records
Evergreen 3-15-0
Gonzaga 9-5-2
Northwest 5-11-0
Pacific Lutheran 6-8-2
Puget Sound 12-7-1
Seattle University 16-6-0
Seattle Pacific 10-8-1
Washington 13-6-0
Western Washington 10-9-1
Whitman 4-12-3
Whitworth 14-5-2
Collegiate Women's Records
Central Washington 4-15-1
Eastern Washington 3-12-1
Evergreen 7-9-2
Gonzaga 0-15-2
Pacific Lutheran 3-13-2
Puget Sound 15-2-1
Seattle University 15-5-2
Seattle Pacific 8-10-1
Washington 13-5-2
Washington State 7-9-1
Western Washington 9-10-1
Whitman 9-8-1
Whitworth 7-10-1
Commissioners Cup Winners
Age BoysGirls
U11 Tynecastle III (LWYSA)Emerald City 89 Shefts (SYSA)
U12 Dynamo FC (LWYSA)Harbor FC 88 (TPCJSA)
U13 SC Eclipse (NCYSA)FC Silverlake Fusion (NCYSA)
U14 CSC Elite (GRJSA)NW Nationals Xtreme (SSCYSA)
U15 The Blast (CYSF)FC Kitsap Lightning White (KPYSA)
U16 LH Ice (EYSA)BGWarriors (CYSF)
U17 Force (FWSA)Shooting Stars (NCYSA)
U18 Imperials (EYSA)Shorelake Heat (SYSA)
U19 CW United (ECYSA)FC Aanvallen 83 Snow (AYSA)
PDL, W-League Records
Seattle Sounders Select 14-5-0, 2nd Div.
Yakima Reds 5-13-1, 5th Div.
Spokane Shadow 12-8-0, 3rd Div.
Seattle Sounders Women 7-3-4, 3rd
State Youth Recreational Cup Winners
Age BoysGirls
U11 Extreme (NSYSA)Force (CYSF)
U12 Strikers (Dist 6)Dolphins (Dist 2)
U13 Team Shred (TPCJSA)Thunderbolts (SSCYSA)
U14 CV Chargers (Dist 5)Kickers (EYSA)
U15 Rockets (NYSA)Dragons (NarYSA)
U16 Stars (Dist 2)T-Town Storm (Dist 3)
U17 Grizzley's (LWYSA)Piranhas (SnVYSA)
U18 Starhawks (LWYSA)Bengals (LWYSA)
U19 Othello Chaos(FYSA)
Washington State Youth Champions
Age BoysGirls
U12 Crossfire Sounders 88 (LWYSA)Shooting Stars (NCYSA)
U13 Force (CYSF)FC Royals 87 (TPCJSA)
U14 Eastside FC 86 Red (EYSA)FC Aanvallen 86 Green (AYSA)
U15 FC United 85 Navy (TPCJSA)Parrots (SYSA)
U16 Crossfire Sounders Hinton (LWYSA)Emerald City 84 Spirit (SYSA)
U17 Cascade Avalanche (NCYSA)Emerald City FC 83 (SYSA)
U18 Eastside FC 79 Red (EYSA)FC Royals 82 (TPCJSA)
U19 Brazil (SSCYSA)FC Elite (LWYSA)
WIAA Championship Games
Boys 4A Decatur 2Ferris 1 (OT)
Boys 3A Monroe 1Mercer Island 1 (5-4)
Boys 2A East Valley 1Connell 0
Boys 1A Seattle Christian 2Northwest Christian 0
Girls 4A Bellarmine 0Roosevelt 0 (4-3)
Girls 3A West Valley 2Lakeside 1
Girls 2A Naches Valley 1Meridian 0
Girls 1A Cedar Park Christian 1Overlake 0
On this Day in History
March 19, 2019
Hundreds fill the Kirkland Performance Center as Washington State Legends of Soccer presents A Night with Alan Hinton & Friends. Emcee Mark Wright of KING 5 interviews Hinton, the past Sounders coach, and invites the likes of Brian Schmetzer, Bernie James, Ty Keough, Peter Hattrup and Marcus Hahnemann onstage to exchange stories. The fundraiser enables WA Legends to expand its history website and purchase video equipment for future interviews. A WA Legends/Alan Hinton scholarship fund for underserved youth is also established with proceeds.
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October 27, 2016
Never mind that Nelson Valdez hadn't scored in a year, the Paraguayan veteran striker comes off the bench to score in the 88th minute for the Sounders to beat Sporting Kansas City, 1-0, in a first-round playoff knockout match at CenturyLink Field. Sporting KC is the stronger side for much of the match, forcing Stefan Frei to make seven saves. Seattle's sole shot on-target comes when a driven Joevin Jones cross is head home by Valdez. His last (and only) Sounders goal in league play came 364 days earlier, in a knockout win over LA.
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December 2, 1976
Beginning in 1977 the NASL will use a new tiebreaker format. If the score is still tied after 15 minutes of sudden-death overtime, each team will take five attempts to score from the 35-yard offside line, with the goalkeeper allowed free movement. There will be five seconds for the offensive player to shoot. Studies show this method will be successful 39 percent of the time, compared to 80 percent for penalty kicks.
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November 7, 2005
For the first time in the program’s 15-year history Gonzaga is going to the NCAA women's tournament. Shannon Stiles guides the Bulldogs to an at-large berth after finishing a best-ever third in the WCC. They will meet 16th-ranked Southern California in Fullerton. GU may be getting in at the expense of Washington State, which tied for fifth in the Pac-10 and was 2-0-1 vs. tournament-bound teams.
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