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Rainiers Take State Crown
April 30, 1972

Mike Kuczi's brace leads Rainier Brewers to a 5-1 victory over defending champion Olympia Brewing Vikings at Memorial Stadium. The Vikings had won the first half of the season's first division and Rainiers had claimed the second half. Washington State won the second division and Pacific Lutheran the third tier.

Eastern Wins Second Straight Big Sky Tourney
November 5, 2017

Chloe Williams scores her Big Sky-record 43rd goal as Eastern Washington wins its second consecutive conference tournament championship, 3-0 over Northern Colorado, in Cheney. The Eagles, who also won the regular season title, secure their record 16th win. Williams also scores in the NCAA first-round loss at USC.

SPU Takes Sounders Cup from UW
October 31, 1979

Bruce Raney figures in all three goals as Seattle Pacific regains the Sounders Cup by beating Washington, 3-1, at Memorial Stadium. Raney’s second goal, an intercepted back pass, proves to be the winner in the 51st minute. He also scores the game’s first goal and is brought down to set-up Mark Metzger’s late penalty. The Huskies, who get a first-half goal from Skip Jinneman, had held the cup since 1977.

Title Repeat Denied
December 1, 1994

Defending champion Seattle Pacific surrenders a 2-goal, second-half lead and the title to Oakland (Mich.) in overtime, 6-4, at the NCAA Division II semifinal in Tampa. The 5th-ranked Falcons had taken a 4-2 lead in the 59th minute on Phil Bullard's third goal.

Seattle Prep Finally Gets 3A Triumph
November 20, 2010

Freshman Mary Ann Santucci scores to finally deliver the first state 3A championship to Seattle Prep, 1-0 over Bonney Lake at Lakewood. The Panthers had finished runners-up four times before, including three straight between 2006-08. Bonney Lake had never advanced beyond the first round. Santucci finds the net in the 30th minute, getting her foot on the ball from a scrum of several players in Bonney Lake’s 6-yard box. Afterward, Seattle Prep coach Andy Hendricks loses his trademark black mustache. He first promised in 1991 to shave if off if Prep ever won state.

Eastside FC Places 3rd Nationally
July 31, 2011

Three-time state champion Eastside FC 94 Red, coached by Dan Strom, takes third place in the USYSA U16 Boys finals in Phoenix, losing out on a place in the final on goal differential.

Memorial Stadium proved a near-perfect, intimate setting for the Seattle Sounders to take root in 1974. (Frank MacDonald Collection)
1974
Sounders winger Paul Crossley sizes up a defender. (Frank MacDonald Collection)
1979
Mackenzie Nolte and Central Washington earned an NCAA Division II tournament berth for the first time in 2016. The Wildcats won a program-best 14 games, including a first-round win over Seattle Pacific. (Courtesy Central Washington Athletics)
2016
Windsor Del Llano was one of the Tacoma Tides' top players. (Shanaman Sports Museum)
1976
Tommy Jenkins gives pregame instruction to FC Seattle players during the 1987 U.K. tour. (Courtesy John Hamel)
1987
2006
Seattle University celebrates winning the NCAA Division II championship, 2-1 over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville in Wichita Falls, Tex. (Courtesy Seattle University)
2004
Seattle Pacific celebrates its fourth NCAA championship and the only one won at home, in Memorial Stadium. The Falcons defeat Oakland (Mich.), 4-1. (Joanie Komura photo)
1986
Action from a 1979 Gonzaga home game. (Courtesy Gonzaga University archives)
1979
Washington Youth Soccer unveils its 50th anniversary banner at CenturyLink Field prior to the Sounders'  3-1 win over Portland, 8/21/2016.
2016