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Originally published Friday, June 14, 2013 at 9:56 PM

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Sounders Women top Rapids Women in Colorado

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Rachel Mercik scored in the 14th and 53rd minutes and the Sounders Women held off the Colorado Rapids Women for a 3-2 victory at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.

Mercik’s second goal gave Seattle a 3-0 cushion in the USL W-League match in front of 275 spectators, and Kristen Hamilton’s two second-half goals weren’t enough for Colorado. The Sounders Women were without Melissa Busque, who was recently called up to the Canadian National Team; Jenna Richardson, who is finishing up school at Oregon State; and five UW players, who headed to Italy with the Husky women’s soccer team on Sunday.

The win kept Seattle (4-0-2) undefeated and helped maintain the team’s one-point lead over the Pali Blues in the Western Conference standings. Colorado (1-3-2) is fifth in the Western Conference.

The Sounders Women will stay in the state to face the Colorado Rush on Sunday.

Emerald Downs to honor horse, jockey

Two of Emerald Downs’ all-time greats — superstar gelding Noosa Beach and jockey Ricky Frazier — will be honored in a joint retirement ceremony at the Auburn racetrack on July 3.

Noosa Beach, 7-year-old who is the track’s all-time leader with 11 stakes wins, will parade one last time in front of fans, and afterward the gelding will join Frazier in a final visit to the Winner’s Circle. Frazier will autograph Noosa Beach posters given away to the first 7,500 fans.

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Taylor Peacocke, who competed last season at Division I Sacramento State, will play at Western Washington.

Peacocke, a 5-foot-9 guard who attended Inglemoor High School in Kenmore, was a second-team Class 4A all-State selection and was on the Seattle Times Star Times team as a senior.

She appeared in seven games for Sacramento State before suffering a season-ending injury. She received a medical hardship and will have freshman eligibility at WWU.

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