Union thumps West Bladen


By Anna Moore - Sports Writer



Michael Pineda breaks through the pack to pursue the ball.


The Union Spartans soccer team hosted the West Bladen Knights in their first conference game of the season. The winning streak continued for the Spartans in a big way as the game was called on a mercy ruling in the second half by a score of 10-1.

Early in the first half Union got on the board with a goal from Jose Matute followed by another goal by Irvin Ocampo. The early lead for the Spartans was shaken by a goal from West Bladen. The team regained focus and took back control of the field, which they would retain for the remainder of the game.

Jose Gonzalez would go on to score another goal for the Spartans. Nearing the end of half, West Bladen accidentally scored a goal into their own goal increasing Union’s score again. The first half ended by a score of 4-1.

When the second half started the Spartans showed no mercy to the Knights. Within the first few minutes Jose Gonzalez scored another goal that was assisted by Jose Matute. Arcenio Najera made the 6th and 8th goal with a goal from Marco Baltazar in between. Irvin Ocampo went on to score the last two goals of the game for the Spartans. At the 16:55 mark, the game was called on a mercy ruling by a score of 10-1.

“We started off a little shaky but I think things really came together well in the second half,” head coach David Ameen said on his team’s performance

This was the 7th win for the Spartans as they continue on their undefeated streak. The Union boys soccer team is now number one in the state 1A class.

Ameen continued to speak about the future for his team, “We are ranked number one in the state right now in our class. I am proud of how hard my guys have worked up until this point. No matter how the season goes from here on, this team has accomplished things that the Union soccer program has never done before and I think that is a testament to their work ethic and dedication.”

Union will travel to take on the Trask Titans Wednesday.

By Anna Moore

Sports Writer

Michael Pineda breaks through the pack to pursue the ball.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_DSC_0291.jpgMichael Pineda breaks through the pack to pursue the ball.
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