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.

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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.

From sports-information reports.