The pressure was there, but the Jefferson boys soccer team just played and played, unfazed by expectations. Many expected the Raiders to...
PUYALLUP — The pressure was there, but the Jefferson boys soccer team just played and played, unfazed by expectations.
Many expected the Raiders to win the Class 4A state title. Still, they had to deliver.
And deliver they did.
Senior midfielder Matthew Cruz supplied a goal and an assist as Jefferson rode a wave of big-time talent to a 3-0 demolition of Union of Vancouver in the Class 4A state championship match at Sparks Stadium.
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On the 30-year anniversary of the school’s first state title in 1983, the Raiders (18-0-4) collected the school’s eighth title. It was the school’s first crown since 2005 when current Sounder Lamar Neagle roamed the wings.
“We were the better team,” said TJ senior forward Luis Alvaro Osornio, who scored in the team’s last goal. “There was no competition out there.”
Cruz scored his second goal in two days to put the Raiders up 1-0 in the 21st minute. Rodrigo Robles provided the pass to Cruz, who found the net after streaking toward the right post.
“We’re a full team, and one with no weak spots,” Cruz said. “Isidro (Prado-Huerta), Brandon (Madsen) and Alvaro are goal-scoring machines. We are dangerous everywhere on the field. We felt we could do this from the very start of the season.”
TJ outshot the Titans 17-1 in the first half and put pressure on them constantly, causing frustration for Union.
The Raiders finished the match with 34 shots to Union’s two attempts.
“This didn’t start this year,” said seventh-year TJ head coach Dave Hanson. “This was last year’s group, which set the foundation with their attitude and willingness to work.”
The Raiders toyed with Union at the offensive end early in the second half and then cashed in on Madsen’s rebound goal that made it 2-0 in the 56th minute.
Madsen, a junior who finished with team-high 20 goals, fed Alvaro Osornio for a shot in the middle of the field, but it was blocked by goalkeeper Pasha Hashemi. The ball bounced out just off the end line where Madsen nudged it in.
Alvaro Osornio tallied on a run up the left side after a pass from Cruz in the 76th minute to push the Raiders lead to 3-0. It was his 15th goal of the season.
Union of Vancouver (16-3-4) qualified for state for the first time in 2012, and the run of three wins to the title match were the first wins in the state tournament for the program.
Roosevelt 3, Snohomish 2, PK shootout
Junior midfielder Shane Gomez scored the game-winning penalty kick in a shootout and provided an assist as the Roughriders (14-6-2) secured third place and the best finish in school history.
The comeback win, after being down 2-1, allowed the Roughriders to eclipse the fourth-place showings in 1985, 1990 and 2005.
“I knew I had to made that PK so we could make school history,” said Gomez, who celebrated his 17th birthday on Saturday. “I wanted to go down as the best team to play at Roosevelt. Making that was a good birthday present.
Jacob Merkle added a goal and penalty kick in the shootout as Roosevelt won the PK shootout 4-3.
Roosevelt knotted the score at 2-2 on Merkle’s tally at the far post off a corner kick from Tucker Olsen in the 61st minute.
“We wanted to finish with a win, and that was the motivation,” Roosevelt coach Val Seid said. “We’ve worked too hard. Everyone this whole year has written us off. For us, it was about sending a statement to the state.
Junior Danny South scored in the eighth minute for a 1-0 lead for the Roughriders. Uriel Herrera, a Snohomish junior, scored on a half-volley in front of the goal in the 44th minute to knot the score at 1-1, then Gus Baxter scored in the 54th minute to make it 2-1 for the Panthers.
Snohomish took fourth place and finished 19-3-0.