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Riverton High still winners in unified soccer

Nov 03, 2022 06:57PM ● By Julie Slama

By Julie Slama | [email protected]

While Riverton High Silverwolves may not have won the state unified soccer title, they are still winners in the sport.

Playing on Real Salt Lake’s home field after Miss America Emma Broyles sang the national anthem, the Silverwolves fell short of beating Murray High Oct. 4 at the 2nd annual Show Up for Unified Sports Special Olympics State Soccer Championship game.

The players were congratulated with second place medals in their division by Broyles, Miss Utah Lindsey Larsen, Utah’s first lady Abby Cox and RSL goalkeeper Zac MacMath.

Unified soccer, a program of Special Olympics Utah in partnership with the Utah High School Activities Association, allows student-athletes with and without disabilities to play on the same team.

While the teams are co-ed and play competitively five versus five on a smaller sized soccer field, the focus is on development of skills, friendship, understanding and sportsmanship, as often players on either team will cheer for one another.

Riverton began its season playing at a regional tournament they hosted Sept. 20 before competing in the state play-offs Sept. 30 where they qualified for the state championship.

From more than 30 high school unified soccer teams in the area, 16 teams advanced in their respective divisions to the state championship games and participated in the parade of athletes.

Other area high school teams that competed in the soccer championships or play-offs include Alta, Brighton, Jordan, Hillcrest, Hunter and Skyline.