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Washington, which is making its second postseason appearance in three years, is seeded No. 4 in the West. Originally it was paired with USF (24-1-0) ranked No. 2 nationally, however, both San Jose State and UC Santa Barbara are deemed ineligible, so UW meets Santa Clara at Buck Shaw Stadium, falling 2-0, in a cold rain.
Jimmy Gabriel, instrumental and influential to the advancement of Puget Sound area soccer for more than 35 years and the original Mr. Sounder, has died in Phoenix. He was 80. Gabriel served as original captain and second head coach of the NASL Seattle Sounders as well as the first coaching director for Washington Youth Soccer. He was coaching director and later head coach for FC Seattle, which provided a competitive environment for development of the areaís top players following the NASLís demise. Later, Gabriel served as an assistant coach for the University of Washington menís and womenís programs, and he was Brian Schmetzerís top assistant with the A-League Sounders.
Trinity Rodman, Washington State's most coveted signee in program history, will not play a single game in Pullman. Rodman is selected No. 2 overall by the Washington Spirit in the NWSL Draft and will forego her collegiate career, instead reporting immediately to the Spirit training camp. She signed in December 2019 as the top-ranked forward in the 2020 class and the highest rated recruit in WSU program history. Rodman scored eight goals and added six assists, helping the U.S. to the 2020 CONCACAF U20 championship.
A $1 million gift to Western Washington University kicks-off a fundraising drive to build a new all-weather turf field on campus. Western's teams have played off-campus for decades. The donation comes from Western alumnus Scott Harrington and his family. Harrington, who graduated in 1998, played for the Vikings. The university plans to name the field in honor of his father, the late Robert Harrington.
Seattle University strikes late, scoring two in the final five minutes to rally for a 2-1 comeback victory over Western Washington at Championship Field. Tafara Pulseís shot is redirected into the net by Maureen Wishkoski in the 86th minute for the equalizer. Ashley Porter then caps a run from midfield for the winner just 2 minutes, 19 seconds later. Western had held the lead since Amanda Fontís 35th minute opener. Pulseís assist was the record 37th of her career.
Tina Thompson (Farley) of Seattle, an all-district midfielder and championship skier, is inducted into Whitman University's Hall of Fame. Thompson, after scoring 17 goals as a sophomore, capped her soccer career by leading Whitman to its first-ever berth in the NAIA West Coast Regionals in 1990. She was the 1991 Whitman Female Athlete of the Year.