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NCAA Region Proves Fluid
November 19, 1978

Washington, which is making its second postseason appearance in three years, is seeded No. 4 in the West. Originally it was paired with USF (24-1-0) ranked No. 2 nationally, however, both San Jose State and UC Santa Barbara are deemed ineligible, so UW meets Santa Clara at Buck Shaw Stadium, falling 2-0, in a cold rain.

First Mr. Sounder, Jimmy Gabriel Passes
July 10, 2021

Jimmy Gabriel, instrumental and influential to the advancement of Puget Sound area soccer for more than 35 years and the original Mr. Sounder, has died in Phoenix. He was 80. Gabriel served as original captain and second head coach of the NASL Seattle Sounders as well as the first coaching director for Washington Youth Soccer. He was coaching director and later head coach for FC Seattle, which provided a competitive environment for development of the areaís top players following the NASLís demise. Later, Gabriel served as an assistant coach for the University of Washington menís and womenís programs, and he was Brian Schmetzerís top assistant with the A-League Sounders.

Rodman Bypasses WSU for NWSL
January 13, 2021

Trinity Rodman, Washington State's most coveted signee in program history, will not play a single game in Pullman. Rodman is selected No. 2 overall by the Washington Spirit in the NWSL Draft and will forego her collegiate career, instead reporting immediately to the Spirit training camp. She signed in December 2019 as the top-ranked forward in the 2020 class and the highest rated recruit in WSU program history. Rodman scored eight goals and added six assists, helping the U.S. to the 2020 CONCACAF U20 championship.

Western Begins Drive to Build On-Campus Facility
May 23, 2012

A $1 million gift to Western Washington University kicks-off a fundraising drive to build a new all-weather turf field on campus. Western's teams have played off-campus for decades. The donation comes from Western alumnus Scott Harrington and his family. Harrington, who graduated in 1998, played for the Vikings. The university plans to name the field in honor of his father, the late Robert Harrington.

Late Seattle U Rally Eclipses Western
November 3, 2004

Seattle University strikes late, scoring two in the final five minutes to rally for a 2-1 comeback victory over Western Washington at Championship Field. Tafara Pulseís shot is redirected into the net by Maureen Wishkoski in the 86th minute for the equalizer. Ashley Porter then caps a run from midfield for the winner just 2 minutes, 19 seconds later. Western had held the lead since Amanda Fontís 35th minute opener. Pulseís assist was the record 37th of her career.

Whitman Inducts Thompson
May 7, 2005

Tina Thompson (Farley) of Seattle, an all-district midfielder and championship skier, is inducted into Whitman University's Hall of Fame. Thompson, after scoring 17 goals as a sophomore, capped her soccer career by leading Whitman to its first-ever berth in the NAIA West Coast Regionals in 1990. She was the 1991 Whitman Female Athlete of the Year.

Alyssa Beauchamp posted 10 shutouts as Western Washington reached the NCAA Division II semifinal stage for the first time in 2013. (Courtesy Western Washington Athletics)
Sloppy playing conditions for Washington at Lower Woodland Park. (Courtesy UW Tyee archives)
The Blue Angels repeated as U.S. over-30 champions while playing at home, in Memorial Stadium, in 1981. (Courtesy Mike Ryan family)
Washington's first foray into women's professional soccer began in 2013 with Seattle Reign FC becoming a charter member of the NWSL.
Everett native Chris Henderson was voted 2004 MLS Humanitarian of the Year. (Courtesy Colorado Rapids)
(Courtesy Mike Ryan family)
Dylan Teves delivered a hat trick for the second straight NCAA tournament game, bringing the Huskies from behind to defeat Indiana, 3-2, in overtime. (Courtesy University of Washington Athletics)
Teddy Mitalis of Seattle carries the Sounders flag as the Sounders fans gather for Soccer Bowl '77.
Sound FC 04 won the state U16 boys championship. (Courtesy Washington Youth Soccer)
In February 1989, Kasey Keller and Chris Henderson were key members of the United States team that stunningly reached the FIFA Youth World Cup semifinals. (Courtesy U.S. Soccer)