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Sunnyside boys soccer overcoming adversity

Posted at 5:54 PM, Jan 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-28 20:39:02-05

For Sunnyside head coach Casey O'Brien, coaching on the court is the easy part, especially when you have players like Ulysses Torres."

"He's a very driven kid," said O'Brien. "Everything is important to him and it doesn't have to be."

Add teammates Julio Lemas and Manuel Quiroz, and the Blue Devils play an attacking style of play that has them undefeated with two games left in the regular season.

"We've known each other for a long time," said Torres.

"Offensively, it's a quick team," added O'Brien.

However, that's on the field. When it comes to Sunnyside's schedule, it's not just who's the next opponent. There are court dates, and O'Brien says that players parents have been deported in each of his four years at the school.

"Parents, family members, extended family members, even older brothers and sisters," added O'Brien. "It's just something that is unique to our demographic, and the thing that we have here. It's kind of a challenge that other people don't think about and take for granted."

And, just two weeks ago, a player that the team didn't want to name had a brother that passed away.

"Whenever a kid goes through something, I try to go through it with them," said O'Brien."

"Honestly, when we play this game, it heels some of those wounds," said Torres.

Something that would also feel good would be a state title, which would be the first in Sunnyside boys soccer history.

"It'd mean everything to my school and my teammates," said Torres. "We've talked about it, and it would just be a dream come true."