Bellevue Bullet: BAFC Women’s Team Elevates Game with New Coach and Star Player

By Daniel Adan

Sophie Post has been playing soccer since the age of 4. Currently attending the University of Utah, she previously attended Murray High School in Murray, Utah. Sophie played for Shoreline College as a freshman and sophomore, captaining the team in both years. Since 2018, she has been a part of the U.S. Women’s Deaf National Team player pool. Sophie’s accomplishments include winning a gold medal in the 2020 Deaflympics held in Brazil and playing for the U.S. Deaf National Team in the 2023 World Cup in Malaysia, where she played in all 6 games and scored 6 goals. Notably, her final goal of the tournament was in the final match against Turkey.

Bellevue aims to bolster its athletic prowess and has secured the services of esteemed coach Val Seid. With over 25 years of coaching experience in the Seattle area, Val notably led Northwest University to a top 25 ranking each season and received a conference Coach of the Year award. His track record in player development aligns seamlessly with Bellevue’s mission to provide opportunities and pathways to higher professional leagues. Val holds a USSF “B” license, USYS license, and NSCAA goalkeeper license, bringing a wealth of expertise to the team.

I spoke with Sporting Director Anastacio Rivera about Bellevue’s rebranding for 2024 and the expectations for the BAFC women’s program in its inaugural year. Rivera stated, “My focus is on encouraging more teams to establish women’s programs and urging more women to play competitively post-college. Providing opportunities in leagues like the NWSL is our main goal. I expect nothing short of excellence from Val in the first season—aiming for a top 2 finish and challenging for the playoff trophy.”

Bellevue Athletic FC proudly unveils its dynamic duo, setting the stage for an extraordinary chapter in the club’s history. The club stands poised for unparalleled success as it anticipates the upcoming season. The entire Bellevue community can look forward with anticipation and excitement. The club’s commitment to excellence is reflected in these remarkable signings, reinforcing its ambition to reach new heights. Here’s to an exciting journey ahead, where goals are scored, victories are celebrated, and Bellevue Athletic FC Women carve their legacy as a force in PNW soccer. The future is bright, and the best is yet to come.

**Acknowledgment:** The content of this article was edited with the assistance of ChatGPT, a language model developed by OpenAI. ChatGPT provided valuable input in refining and enhancing the text.

About Bellevue Athletic FC:

Bellevue Athletic FC, a Semi-Professional Soccer Club, was formed to address the need for accessible pathways for promising talents within the Seattle area. The club endeavors to cultivate and propel regional soccer talents towards higher echelons of the sport. For more information, visit