Union throttles Jenks for 6A crown
— They were the best team in Class 6A all season, and Union’s boys finished the job with a state championship Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Goals by Ruben Torres and Rylan Franca in the final 4:03 of the first half broke open a close game and helped lead the Redskins to a dominating 4-0 victory over Jenks for their first state boys soccer title since 2007 and fifth overall.
Ruben Carrasco and Cooper McCombs also scored for Union (18-0), which allowed just one goal over its last six contests.
“I’m glad that me and my brothers finally achieved it,” Carrasco said of the state title. “I like the effort and the accomplishment we did in the game today. We’re finally state champions, and we’ve been wanting it for a really long time.”
The contest started out pretty well but ended up as a tough afternoon for Jenks (11-5), which went 9-1 with six shutouts in its previous 10 contests to reach the state final.
Over the first 20-plus minutes, both teams had about equal possession, with neither establishing much offensive pressure, but the Redskins broke through for the contest’s first goal with 16:22 remaining in the opening half.
Carrasco received a nice lead pass from Grady Verner and dribbled deep down the left side before cutting into the middle and firing a 10-yard shot into the upper right corner.
Union got energized after that, and Verner drilled a 25-yard blast off the crossbar with 8:39 left in the first half before Union broke the game open with two more goals before halftime.