UP’s Women’s NCAA soccer program gained notoriety after the late Clive Charles, who started coaching the men’s team in 1986, added the women’s head coaching job in 1989.
The women’s team won the NCAA Division I National Championship in 2002 and 2005, led both years by current Canadian international star Christine Sinclair.
Sinclair staked her reputation as a goal scorer in her freshman year, where she had 23 goals and 8 assists. She scored both goals in UP’s 2-1 double overtime National Championship Winner over Santa Clara.
2005 brought great fortune for UP again, as Sinclair’s golden toe anchored the Pilots again to their second National Title.
This time the Pilots shut out UCLA 4-0, led once again with Sinclair scoring two goals.
The Pilots finished the 2005 year 23-0-2, a season that remains in fond memory of Northwest sports fans.