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SPU Shocks Champs, Win Title
December 2, 1978

After falling one win short in three of the past four years, Seattle Pacific finally breaks through to win the state’s first national championship. Bruce Raney scores in the second overtime period, at 126:47, as the Falcons shock defending champion Alabama A&M, 1-0, for the NCAA Division II crown in steamy Miami. It’s Raney’s 16th goal and comes off a throw from Eric Benz and fellow freshman Sergio Soriano makes eight saves and watches a Bulldogs shot carom off the post. Alabama A&M had won its previous three playoff games by a combined 13-0. SPU is ranked 8th in the final coaches poll for all divisions.

Keller Stones Brazil in Gold Cup Upset
February 10, 1998

Kasey Keller looms large as the United State achieves one of its great upsets, 1-0, over world champion Brazil, in a Gold Cup semifinal at the Los Angeles Coliseum. Former Tacoma Stars all-star Preki scores the game's only goal for the Americans' first win over Brazil in 68 years. Keller, arriving from England less than 48 hours earlier, makes 10 saves, some bordering on the incredible. The best comes in the 42nd minute, robbing Romario at point-blank range. The Brazilian legend then shakes Keller's hand. Preki's goal comes off his magical left from from 22 yards in the 65th minute.

Pilots Put UW Women Out of Postseason
November 18, 2001

Two scores allowed within a four-minute span puts 17th-ranked Washington out of the NCAA women's tournament, and Portland is once again the culprit. Lisa Casagrande (23:55) and Christine Sinclair (27:23) goals give the Pilots a 2-0 win at Merlo Field. The Huskies manage just four shots and fall to 1-13-1 vs. UP, including four postseason losses in eight seasons. It's the final collegiate game for Hope Solo, who had allowed just three goals in her last 676 minutes.

The Foot of Thor Scores 8
December 27, 1953

Thor Aanes explodes for eight goals as Tacoma AC crushes Harvey’s, 9-4, at Jefferson Park. In Seattle, George Craggs scores for Buchans in a 1-1 draw with Scotty’s.

Frimpong, Solo Hold China in Four Nations Final
January 22, 2006

Hope Solo and Tina Frimpong help hold China scoreless while Kristine Lilly's brace is the difference in the Four Nations Cup final. The U.S. National Team defeats the host team, 2-0, in Guangzhou. Frimpong, whose conversion from forward to central defense began in late 2005, starts all three tournament matches on the backline, alongside Spokane native Amy LePeilbet, and only one goal is conceded.

Stock Strikes Late for Win
June 8, 1980

Jeff Stock fires home the game-winner with 14 seconds left in overtime as the Sounders win their 11th consecutive outright win (two short of NASL record), 3-2 at San Diego. They are 13-1 overall, with the sole loss in a tiebreaker. It’s the first professional goal for Stock, a rookie from Tacoma. Stock: It was fantastic. I didn’t know what to do after I kicked it. Peterson 39’, Bridge 3’ and Stock (all 21 and under) score three goals.

(Courtesy Frank MacDonald Collection)
Sounders forward Mark Peterson holds off a Malmo defender. (Frank MacDonald Collection)
A jamboree commenced the CYO fall season at Catholic Memorial Stadium. Corner kicks were used to break ties. (Courtesy Seattle Times)
No better time to snap a photo than after a muddy training session in China for the USWNT.
Clint Dempsey scores the playoff opener vs. LA Galaxy. (Courtesy Corky Trewin/Sounders FC)
(Frank MacDonald Collection)
Mike Ryan's (top left) Buchan Bakers Juniors. (Courtesy Mike Ryan family)
Seattle Pacific's Amanda Johnson scored twice in the the Falcons' 3-1 NCAA semifinal win over Metro State in Tampa. (Courtesy Seattle Pacific Athletics)
The defending champion Seattle Sounders narrowly missed making the USL playoffs in 2006. (Courtesy USL)