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Falcons Complete GNAC Unbeaten
November 2, 2023

Jacqueline Blakeley tallies in the first half, and Taylor Krueger settles matters in the second period as Seattle Pacific beats Western Washington, 2-0, in Bellingham. The Falcons get a draw at Simon Fraser two days later to finish the GNAC slate undefeated (9-0-5). It's the 10th regular season title for SPU and second in three years.

Work Party Clears Plantes Ferry Grounds
November 8, 1997

Spokane Valley Junior Soccer Association organizes its players, parents and greater soccer community to help create the new youth sports complex at Plantes Ferry Park. Anyone 11 and older is asked tp help with trimming and loading branches from the former tree plantation. Most of the trees have been cleared, but some remain around what will be the concession and parking areas. The 35-acre complex will eventually include two softball fields, 14 soccer fields, a picnic area and possibly a playground.

Seattle U Travels East, Wins
October 21, 1994

Seattle University's first cross-continent trip commences in Fort Lauderdale with a 4-1 victory over Nova Southeastern. George Czarnowski puts the Chieftains on the board first with a blast at the five-minute mark. Nathan Calvin adds two goals and Brad Swanson gets Seattle's fourth. It's the fifth straight win, but the streak ends two days later with a 4-0 loss to Lynn in Boca Raton.

Cozars Denied for Third Time
July 14, 1986

After reaching the womenís national final for the third year in row, Tacomaís Cozars fall to Virginiaís Wild Fires, 3-1, in overtime in St. Louis. Lisa Boyer put Cozars ahead in the 28th minute. Five members of the Cozars are chosen for the U.S. National Teamís trip to the Mundialito in Jesolo, Italy: Gretchen Gegg, Lori Henry, Joan Dunlap, Cindy Gordon and Michelle Akers.

Sounders Shock LAFC Away, Return to MLS Cup
October 29, 2019

Behind the orchestrations of Nicolas Lodeiro and finishing of Raul Ruidiaz, Seattle shocks Supporters' Shield holder LAFC, 3-1, at Banc of California Stadium to reach the MLS Cup final. After allowing LAFC to score first, in 17th minute, Ruidiaz (22') and Lodeiro (26') and quickly respond to put Sounders ahead, then Ruidiaz's second goal (64') cements advantage. Although Rave Green is kept under pressure for final 20 minutes, MVP Carlos Vela is held to one shot on goal after scoring 11 times in his past 11 games. When Toronto upsets Atlanta the following night, Seattle emerges as the top remaining seed and will host the final.

UW International Students Form Team
November 9, 1952

Visiting International Students Association, known commonly as VISA, plays its first state league game, falling to Norselander Vikings, 5-2. The University of Washington international students formed the team, with 24 turning out initially. VISA goes 1-5-0 during the season's first half after losing Finnish standout Aoke Forsman to the Vikings in midseason.

After two seasons, the Sounders made the move from Memorial Stadium to the spacious Kingdome beginning in 1976. (Courtesy Seattle Times)
Peninsula College of Port Angeles repeated as NWAC champion in 2013. (Courtesy NWAC)
(Courtesy Seattle Times archives)
(Courtesy The Seattle Times)
Loyal Realty Vikings, winners of the state and Northwest championships for 1960.(Courtesy George Craggs family)
Western Washington's Annette Duvall battles three Oregon players. (Courtesy Western Washington University)
Kasey Keller prepares to lift the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Hope Solo jumps into the arms of USWNT coach Pia Sundhage after winning Olympic gold in Beijing. (Courtesy Brad Smith / ISI Photos)
Six months after guiding the Puyallup boys to a state championship, Matt White coached the Vikings girls to a 4A crown. (Courtesy WIAA)