The Edmonds-Woodway High School soccer teams took the field Saturday for the third annual boys-vs.-girls varsity soccer game fundraiser to support the local Special Olympics Unified teams.
The first 30-minute period was a lively match that saw the boys in green shirts take an early 3-1 lead. Joined in the second half by Unified Soccer member Kevin Snowden, the girls in purple began a comeback fueled by an early goal by Snowden after the boys goalie was lured away. The girls, at the officials’ suggestion, began to slip a few extra players on the field, eventually emptying their bench without any of the boys noticing.
With 16 minutes left, the officials halted the game, and the two teams merged, only to split into two coed teams, one side wearing colored ‘pinnies’ to keep things straight. The final 16 minutes was a fun-filled and lively time, during which both teams scored with some amazing soccer action. Despite the competitive natures of all athletes, there were constant smiles and good sportsmanship.
During halftime, the audience was addressed by several speakers including EWHS Athletic Director Angie McGuire, student event organizers Molly Carden and Hannah Hicks, and Edmonds School District employees and Special Olympics volunteer Shane Misner.
— Story and photos by Karl Swenson