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Posted on May 3, 2019

Undefeated Unified Soccer team goes after the medals at Districts

The QHS Unified Soccer team enters the final week of its season in prime position to win the district title this weekend at Moses Lake.
Undefeated in six league games this season, the team finished its regular-season slate of games with a trip to Grandview on April 27, tying 4-4 against Ephrata and trouncing Othello 4-1, with a hat trick by Alex Gutierrez.

Athlete Alex Gutierrez, left, teams up with partner Jose Avila, right, to keep the ball from an Ephrata Unified Soccer player during Senior Day last week at Jaycee Stadium. Tigers and Jacks split a doubleheader of games.
Photo by Sebastian Moraga/Post-Register

Prior to that, the Jacks had played Ephrata twice in a day in a couple of friendly games held to celebrate the Jacks’ Senior Day on April 25.
The Tigers won the first game, and the Jacks won the second one.
Before that, the Jacks had traveled to Othello, where they tied the Tigers, 5-5 and defeated Moses Lake 6-5.
The season opener happened in Ephrata, on the second week of April, with Quincy’s team sporting new jerseys and wearing them with pride and style in an 8-1 win over Othello and an 8-6 win over the Chiefs.
Now the end is in sight, for the Jacks.
District tournament is the end of the season for the Unified Soccer team from Quincy. Rules for Division 3 teams in Unified Soccer limit the action to District play and no further, Quincy head coach Therese (TREE-Suh) Sawyer said.
Nevertheless, the year has been great, Sawyer said.
“Having seven partners has made a huge difference,” she said, helping set an example for the athletes during practice. Practices are a lot more fruitful for the athletes when there are several partners involved.
In Unified Soccer, partner is the term for the able-bodied players on the team. Athlete is the name for the intellectually challenged player on the team.
With seven partners, the athletes seem more enthusiastic this year, as evidenced by their splendid record, with no losses other than during a friendly game against Ephrata on Senior Day.
Districts start at 10 a.m. at Moses Lake’s Lions Field.

By Sebastian Moraga, sports@4n5.ecc.myftpupload.com