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Tides Rush into Action, Win
April 24, 1976

Sixty days after being granted an ASL expansion franchise, the Tacoma Tides open play, winning at Sacramento. They win, 1-0, behind former Sounder Roy Sinclair’s 74th-minute goal on assist from Windsor Del Llano.

WA Unified Team Takes Special Olympics Bronze
March 20, 2019

Special Olympics Washington's unified team takes the bronze medal, defeating Bharat, 5-0, at the World Games in in Abu Dhabi. In all, 16 players and unified athletes from throughout the state compete under coach Rich Schreiner.

Pro Soccer Arrives in Spokane
February 4, 1995

Spokane secures a USISL Pro Division franchise for the coming season. The Shadow will play their home games at Spokane Falls Community College and will be coached by Einar Thorarinsson. Jeff Heimbigner, president of the Skyhawks Sports Academy, is general manager. Although there are veterans Chris Stiles and Dave Berto, many players will come from the local colleges and will receive no pay.

Shorecrest 57-Game Streak Snapped by Kennedy
November 12, 1994

Two-time defending champion Shorecrest, the nation's hottest girls' team, is stopped by Kennedy, 2-1, in the state AA quarterfinals at Highline Stadium. The Scots were unbeaten in 57 games (55-0-2), the longest streak in the nation. Shorecrest (17-1-0) had outscored its opponents 114-2 with 15 shutouts. The Lancers come from behind in the second half on goals by Robyn Perkins and Melissa Budde, the latter with 14:25 remaining.

Redhawks Clinch Conference vs. Falcons
October 30, 2004

Cameron Weaver's goal 7:13 into overtime enables No. 1 Seattle University to down arch-rival and No. 18 Seattle Pacific, 2-1, as well as repeat as GNAC champion at Championship Field. SPU, which only lost to SU since August, snaps the Redhawks' string of eight consecutive shutouts, when Nick Letts ties the game in the 60th minute. Weaver collects a pass from Pat Doran to register his fourth goal in four games. Five of the past six meetings between the Redhawks and Falcons have gone to overtime. Bobby McAlister initiates the scoring with his record-breaking 18th goal SU captain Nick McClusky sustains a fractured right leg in the 39th minute and will miss the remainder of the year.

Seattle Beats Washington, Reaches NWSL Final
September 13, 2015

A late gusher of goals sends Seattle Reign to the NWSL final for the second year in a row following a 3-0 semifinal victory over Washington. Megan Rapinoe's cross finds Beverly Yanez in the 72nd minute to end the scoreless stalemate. Three minutes later, Rapinoe doubles the lead and Mariah Bullock scores with her touch as a late substitute. Seattle, unbeaten in nine (8-0-1), will again face Kansas City for the title.

(Courtesy Woodland Soccer Club)
Preki was voted the MISL MVP for the second year in a row in 1989. (Courtesy NASL Jerseys)
Hope Solo and Abby Wambach hug following the USA's World Cup advancement to the semifinals, 2-2 (5-3) over Brazil in Dresden, Germany. Wambach scored the equalizer in extra time added time, and Solo stopped a Brazil penalty in the tiebreaker. (Courtesy KH / ISI Photos)
1964 Seattle CYO All-Stars (Courtesy Mike Mikkelsen/Pep Peery Collection)
Washington Huskies team photo. (Courtesy Washington archives)
Seattle's St. James Cathedral faced a tough challenge for the local CYO crown before advancing to play for (and eventually win) the Oldershaw trophy. (Courtesy Seattle Times)
Sounders FC players and staff celebrate becoming the first club in 42 years to win three consecutive U.S. Open Cups after a 2-0 victory over Chicago. (Sounders FC photo)