Union throt­tles Jenks for 6A crown

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SPORTS - BY JOHN TRANCHINA

— 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.

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