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Tateyama Breaks SU Scoring Mark
November 5, 1999

Trisha Tateyama tallies the game's first goal to set the Seattle University all-time scoring record, and the Chieftains beat Concordia, 6-0, in the semifinals of the NAIA Northwest Regional soccer tournament. Tateyama, a senior who also contributes an assist, has 40 goals and 116 career points, three more than Ingrid Gunnestad (1988-90). Top-ranked Simon Fraser eliminates No. 13 SU in the regional final, 2-1.

Referee Association Honors Eight
May 6, 1981

At its annual meeting Bellevue, the Washington State Referees Association honors eight for outstanding career service: Doug Howard, John Hart, Jim Simmons, Vern Warren, Ray McLean, George Clifton, Sid Ryles and the late Emmett Brennan.

WYS Honors Grosch with Coin
March 30, 2014

Washington Youth Soccer creates a commemorative coin to honor Karl Grosch, who co-founded the Washington State Youth Soccer Referees Association. Referees will use the coin for the pregame coin toss.

Feature Film Has Local Angle
November 17, 2023

Taika Waititi's feature film "Next Goal Wins" opens nationwide and depicts several members of Washington's soccer community and their roles with the American Samoa National Team in its longshot journey through 2014 World Cup qualifying. Dutch-American coach Thomas Rongen, played by Michael Fassbender, is the head coach and central character. Former Tacoma Community College coach Nicky Salapu was Rongen's goalkeeper, and Everett's Larry Mana'o served as the team's assistant coach. A documentary by the same name was released in 2014.

Fewing Returns to Seattle U
January 10, 2012

Six years after a controversial resignation, Peter Fewing returns as Seattle University men's coach. Fewing, 49, had coached the Redhawks from 1988 to 2006 and led the team to an NAIA championship in 1997 and an NCAA Division II title in 2004. He left in 2007 amidst a clash with the school's previous athletic administration over a reduction of paid assistant coaches. Seattle U transitioned to Division I in 2008.

Stars Win Final Home Game
March 27, 1992

Carl Valentine delivers the overtime winner as the Tacoma Stars beat Cleveland, 5-4, in the final home game to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. A crowd of 6,089 turns out, taking the season average to 4,853. The Crunch builds a 4-2 lead with four consecutive second-half goals. Fourth-quarter power-play goals from Bill Crook and Gary Heale tie the score. Valentine finds the low left corner at 5:24 of overtime.

Kelley Schweighart, scorer of Washington's winning goal in a second-round NCAA win over Auburn. (Courtesy UW Athletics)
(Courtesy Seattle Times)
Barcelona's Lionel Messi juggles a ball at the top of the Space Needle prior to the Sounders FC friendly. (Sounders FC photo)
Unified Soccer was among the sports contested at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle. (Courtesy Special Olympics Washington)
Huskies' Craig Beeson turns on Chuck Sekyra and the SPU defense. The teams finished this match tied, 2-2, at Memorial Stadium. (Joanie Komura photo)
Sophomore Ethan Bartlow became Washington's first Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2019 as well as an All-American defender. (Courtesy Washington Athletics)
Preki was voted the MISL MVP for the second year in a row in 1989. (Courtesy NASL Jerseys)
Jaclyn Softli's 10 goals helped Washington return to the NCAA tournament in 2014. The Huskies reached the third round. (Courtesy Washington Athletics)