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Holocher Moves to Cal Poly
January 30, 2006

Paul Holocher is named Cal Poly's new head coach after seven seasons at Division III UC Santa Cruz. While part-time at UCSC Holocher guided the Banana Slugs to a 109-24-8 record and a national championship game appearance while also directing several youth club programs in the surrounding county.

Falcons' Garner Completes Hat Trick of Hat Tricks
October 16, 2000

Dana Garner scores a hat trick in his third straight game for Seattle Pacific, a 13-0 rout of Montana State Billings at Interbay. After scoring four times in the first nine outings, Garner now has 10 goals in the last four, including earlier hat tricks vs. Chico State (7-1) and Northwest Nazarene (13-1).

Wingo's Ferencvaros Wins Hungarian League
April 20, 2021

Seattle's Henry Wingo celebrates another league championship, this time with Hungary's Ferencvaros. A 3-0 home win over Ujpest gives Ferencvaros a third straight crown. Wingo, a wing-back, has become a regular (12 appearances) since joining the Budapest side on a $1 million transfer Jan. 18. He had also won a domestic title for Norway's Molde after leaving the Sounders midway through 2019.

Seattle Hosts First WCQ Since 1976
June 11, 2013

A raucous CenturyLink Field crowd of 40,847 helps energize the U.S. National Team to a 2-0 victory over Panama in Seattle's first World Cup qualifier since 1976. Jozy Altidore scores in his third straight match and Sounders forward Eddie Johnson adds another in the 55th minute. The Yanks take over first place in the qualifying group . It's the seventh-largest crowd for a home qualifier in U.S. soccer history, and much of the huge pro-American crowd stands the entire match, played on a temporary grass surface costing $100,000.

Akers, French Allocated by WUSA
May 24, 2000

The Women's United Soccer Association begins stocking its eight franchises by allocating 19 U.S. National Team players. Shoreline's Michelle Akers is assigned to Orlando and Kent's Michelle French to Washington, D.C.

Tashiro Sends Colorado College to Final
November 22, 1986

Bellevue freshman Kerri Tashiro converts the clinching shootout penalty kick as Colorado College advances to the NCAA championship game over Massachusetts, 0-0 (3-1, in Fairfax, Va. Shoreline's Shelley Separovich gives the Tigers the shootout lead and Tashiro, scorer of a record 21 goals, converts the decisive attempt in the third round.

(Courtesy Seattle Times archives)
Tacoma's new ASL expansion team, the Tides. (Shanaman Sports Museum)
Western Washington celebrates Emily Webster's go-ahead goal in the 2016 NCAA Division II championship game.
Michelle Akers of Seattle's Union Bay Flyers. (Courtesy Soccer America)
Centralia Community College's 1975 men's team at Borst Park.
Federal Way's Totem Force at the 1981 regionals. (Courtesy Bill Sarver)
Sam Rogers had a busy 2017. Rogers graduated from Ballard High School, received a call-in from the U.S. Under-18 National Team, signed with Sounders FC 2 and was named among 20 top U20 prospects in the USL Championship. (Courtesy Tacoma Defiance)
(Courtesy Seattle Times)
Lindsay Elston scored 11 goals in helping the Huskies reach the NCAA tournament in 2012. (Courtesy University of Washington Athletics)