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Shorn Torres Scores, Seattle Gets 2 Seed
October 6, 2019

Making his first start in more than two months, Román Torres heads home the winner and controls air traffic in front of Seattle's goal during a vital 1-0 victory over Minnesota United. The win, coming on the final day of the regular season in front of 47,297 at CenturyLink Field, earns the Sounders the West's No. 2 seed. It's also Osvaldo Alonso's first visit to Seattle since signing with the Loons in January. A searching, long cross from Joevin Jones finds Torres for a running header that flies into the net off newly-close-cropped skull the 29th minute. Torres, who has just returned from a 10-match suspension for violating MLS substance-abuse policy.

Akers-Stahl Scores Indoors
June 21, 1993

Michelle Akers-Stahl collects her 55th international goal as the USWNT defeats Canada, 3-0, in Pontiac, Mich. Akers-Stahl assists on Joy Fawcett's second score and then adds her team's third in the 57th minute. The match is the first for women played on a grass surface in the Silverdome, which will use natural turf for 1994 World Cup games.

Schulenberg, WSU Named National Staff of the Year
December 21, 2019

Todd Schulenberger and his Washington State staff are named the NCAA Division I Coaching Staff of the Year by the United Soccer Coaches. Schulenberger guided the Cougars to their first College Cup, falling to No. 2 North Carolina in the semifinals. Earlier in the month, senior Morgan Weaver was named a third team All-American after scoring 14 goals and five assists.

Vikings Victorious in GNAC Women's Final
November 4, 2017

Gabriela Pelogi strikes the decisive blow, scoring a golden goal with six minutes left in overtime to fuel No. 12 Western Washington's third straight GNAC championship, 1-0 over Concordia at Portland. The defending NCAA champion Vikings avenge their only regular season loss reach the Division II tournament for the sixth straight year.

USMNT Makes Itself at Home
June 24, 1975

For the first time the United States National Team hosts a match in the Pacific Northwest. The USMNT faces Poland, winner of the 1972 Olympic Games and third in the 1974 World Cup. Seattle’s Hank Liotart starts in midfield and both Dave D’Errico and Tim Logush feature in the 4-0 defeat before 13,195.

Interlake Wins First State Title
May 30, 2015

A goal by sophomore Stirling Russell in the dying seconds of the first half stands up for Interlake's first state championship victory. The Saints blank Garfield, 1-0, at Sparks Stadium for the boys' 3A crown. Russell finishes an impressive foray up the right side with an 11-yard shot from a tough angle with five seconds left in stoppage time. Interlake's best previous state finish had been 4A runner-up in 1984.

Interscholastic soccer was growing increasingly popular in metropolitan areas such as Seattle during the Twenties. Here pictured are the grammar school finalists, Opportunity (Capitol Hill) and Adams (Ballard). (Courtesy Seattle Times)
1949
Washington Youth Soccer unveils its 50th anniversary banner at CenturyLink Field prior to the Sounders'  3-1 win over Portland, 8/21/2016.
2016
Tara Bilanski led Washington with eight goals in 1993. (Courtesy UW Athletics)
1995
(Courtesy The Seattle Times)
1956
1983
Western Washington's Annette Duvall battles three Oregon players. (Courtesy Western Washington University)
1984
Freshman Gabriel Ruiz uncorks the overtime game-winner as Seattle University upsets Washington, 3-2, in the first round of the NCAA tournament. (Courtesy Seattle University Athletics)
2017
Denise Bender driving forward for the PCI Sharks at the national finals. (Frank MacDonald Collection)
1980
1978
Seattle Pacific celebrates a golden goal from Janae Godoy (raised hand) in the NCAA Division II final at Tampa. (Courtesy NCAA)
2008