Rainier’s Beadle named GNAC soccer player of the year


Conference coaches voted Rainier High School graduate Sophie Beadle and Seattle Pacific soccer player as the NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s soccer player of the year.

“It feels awesome to be named player of the year. I am very grateful for everyone that has helped get me to this point,” Beadle said.

Beadle becomes the 10th Seattle Pacific player to receive such an honor as the Falcons won their 10th regular season title this year.

Beadle is a senior forward who had a storied career for Rainier. She qualified for the Washington Class 2B state cross country meet all four years and qualified for the state track meet three years. She was also named to the All-Central 2B League second team for basketball and helped her club team reach the Elite Clubs National League national soccer tournament three times.

“Playing sports at Rainier High School helped shape my character and perspective. It was a very unique high school experience, and, as I grow older, I feel even more grateful for the time I spent in Rainier,” Beadle said. “I don’t get back as much as I’d like, but I try to be there for the holidays.”

During her senior year at Seattle Pacific, she earned first-team all-GNAC honors after leading the conference with seven assists, along with one goal. She finished her career in college with 16 goals and 25 assists.

“Playing at SPU has been an amazing, unforgettable journey that I will always be grateful for,” Beadle said.

Seattle Pacific went 9-0-4 in conference play and 12-2-5 overall.

“This season went well. We were able to accomplish a lot of things that we said we wanted to at the beginning of the year,” Beadle said. “Some factors that contributed to the success of our team were overall determination and selflessness from an amazing group of women who work hard for each other every day.”