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UW Goes OT to Clinch Tourney Title
October 8, 1995

Emily Thompson scores two goals, including the game winner seven minutes into overtime, leading Washington to a 5-3 victory over Michigan State. The victory clinches the second straight Husky/Umbro Invitational tournament title. UW had blanked Penn State, 5-0, to start the tournament. Angie Crivello scored two goals three minutes apart and the Huskies had four scores in a total of eight minutes.

Dunn, SPU Upsets Portland
October 5, 1991

Jason Dunn’s goal in the 68th minute gives D2 Seattle Pacific the 1-0 upset defeat of Portland, ranked 20th in D1. It’s Cliff McCrath’s 300th win with the Falcons.

Akers, USA treat Sellout Crowd to Win
May 12, 1995

A capacity crowd of 3,291 sees hometown favorite Michelle Akers and the U.S. Women's National Team shrug-off a physical display by Brazil for a 3-0 win at Tacoma's Franklin Pierce High School. Mia Hamm scores two goals and Tisha Venturini adds another. It's the first USWNT appearance in Washington and comes just three weeks before the Americans defend the World Cup championship in Sweden. Tickets had been sold-out for weeks, even after adding more temporary seats, priced $15 for adults and $8 for youths under 19.

Islanders Stenberg Nets Hat Trick in Final
November 18, 2017

Mercer Island cruises to the 3A girls' championship behind the hat trick of Jessie Stenberg, beating previously perfect Stadium, 4-1, at Sparks Stadium. Stenberg opens the scoring in the 15th minute and makes it 2-nil in the 23rd. Stadium responds on Ella Nadeau's tally a minute later but before halftime Emily Arron restores the MI margin. Stenberg completes her hat trick in the 75th minute. It's Mercer Island's first title after twice finishing runner-up.

A Leader of the Pack
November 15, 1994

Fernando Clavijo becomes head coach of Seattle's expansion entry in the Continental Indoor Soccer League (CISL). Clavijo brings championship playing experience from the indoor game and earlier in the summer represented the U.S. in the World Cup.

Untouchable Magyrs
February 26, 1967

Les Muller buries four goals in rival Buchans’ net to keep Hungarians unbeaten (6-0-1) in state first division.

All-Wesco selections featured three future USWNT members, plus a women's league commissioner.
Seattle's Sons of Italy Lodge was among the ethnic organizations that would sponsor state league teams, this circa 1948.
Tacoma and NASL Sounders legends Jeff Stock, left, and Mark Peterson raise their golden scarves prior to the first MLS league match vs. Portland. (Sounders FC photo)
Laura Harvey completely turns around the Reign in their second season, earning NWSL Coach of the Year. (Jane Gersovich photo)
New Sounders owner Bruce Anderson made a desperate attempt to win back public favor, submitting to a dunk tank where fans took aim.
Seattle's Rangers, one of the founding members of the Northwestern Association Football League, in 1912. (Courtesy GSSL)
Michelle Akers was already drawing attention at Shorecrest High School.
One of Washington's first regional champions, the Tacoma Strikers.
Tod Leiweke brings soccer into the fold of Paul Allen’s Vulcan Sports & Entertainment, with the Seattle MLS franchise joining the Seahawks and Portland TrailBlazers.