UMATILLA - The Umatilla High School boys soccer team has forfeited all its games because a team member was 20 years old, the school district announced this morning.

The Vikings had a perfect 14-0 season and had claimed the Special District 5 title. This was the first year the school had a soccer program.

Umatilla was set to play Portland Christian in a state playoff game Tuesday, but apparently will be forced to forfeit.

The age violation was discovered Friday during a pep assembly to honor the soccer athletes, said Brian Say, superintendent of Umatilla School District.

A short biography of each player was read, which included where and when they were born, he added.

It wasn't until that afternoon that the ages were questioned, and the math was done to determine the ages and the rules were double-checked, Say said.

If a student becomes 19 years old prior to Aug. 15, they become ineligible for interscholastic competition, according to Oregon Schools Athletic Association rules.

The OSAA and member schools were notified immediately.

Before each sports season, the school must verify the ages of all athletes for the OSAA.

"It is apparent that the birth dates of the athletes were not scrutinized to the detail they should have been," Say said in the press release.

Whether trophies or titles will be revoked has not yet been determined, Say said.

"It's a sad deal," he added.

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