Union took its soccer game on the road Monday, and despite torrential rains and a muddy field, they were able to shut down and shut out Pender in a 6-0 win.
“I was impressed with the way we played simply because we were able to move the ball in such rainy conditions,” said an elated coach David Ameen after the game.
“We moved the ball well despite the wet fields, and overall I thought we played pretty darn good.”
Ameen said he thought Union played a better second half than first, something he’s mentioned on several other occasions.
“They just looked better in the second half. They were playing more like they need to play if we want to be competitive not just in our conference but at a higher level when playoff time comes around.”
Union got on the board twice in the first half, first when Freddy Sanchez found the back of the net and later when teammate Yoni Martinez hit pay dirt.
At the break the score was 2-0.
But Union came back stronger in the second. Isaias Campos got the first goal of the second period followed by teammate Mauricio Amaya. Then Fabian Cruz found his footing, putting two into the net.
Ameen praised the play of Cruz who, he said, could be put in just about every position and come up strong.
“He played great ball today. He had some really great goals. He gives 100 percent no matter where you place him.”
Ameen also praised the play of his younger team members, including Cruz, Michael Pineda and Benjamin Serrano. “They really stepped up tonight and I was proud of their play as well,” Ameen said.
The win moves Union’s record to 7-3-2 overall and 6-3 in the Tri-County Conference.
They travel to county rival Hobbton Wednesday for a 5 p.m. game.
“It’ll be another great county matchup. I’m looking for some good soccer,” Ameen said.