Jefferson to face Union in state championship | 4A Boys Soccer
The Jefferson boys soccer team naturally puts a heavy dose of offensive pressure on opponents. And this year, the Raiders are hungry to...
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PUYALLUP — The Jefferson boys soccer team naturally puts a heavy dose of offensive pressure on opponents. And this year, the Raiders are hungry to bring home another state title for the tradition-rich program.
The Snohomish Panthers found out the hard way on both counts.
Three players scored and goalkeeper McKay Owsley registered his 10th shutout as Jefferson flexed its muscle with a 3-0 victory over Snohomish in the Class 4A semifinals at Sparks Stadium.
Jefferson (17-0-4) meets Union (16-2-4), which beat Roosevelt (13-6-2) in the other semifinal, in the 4A title game on Saturday at 4 p.m. The Raiders, who own seven state titles, used their opportunistic offense to reach the final for the first time since winning 4A in 2005.
"Adding to that is our main focus," said Jefferson forward Luis Alvaro Osornio said. "We really want it. This is our 30-year anniversary from winning the first state title in 1983."
Alvaro Osornio helped open the scoring, blasting a shot in the 13th minute that was blocked by Snohomish goalkeeper Ryan Peters. Senior midfielder Matthew Cruz poked the rebound into the left corner of the net to give the Raiders a 1-0 lead.
Alvaro Osornio scored on a 20-yard free kick from a tough angle on the left side that glanced off a Snohomish (19-2) defender for a 2-0 advantage in the 52nd minute. The shot was the exclamation point on victory effectively.
"I told (TJ coach) Dave (Hanson) I'm going to hit this," Alvaro Osornio said. "He said, 'Your choice, man.' Right when I hit it, he said, 'good choice.' I thought we had more control after that."
The lead grew to 3-0 in the 56th minute when Brandon Madsen converted a 12-yard shot on the run after nice pass from Isidro Prado-Huerta. It marked Madsen's team-best 19th goal of the season and Prado-Huerta's team-high 16th assist.
Owsley finished with 10 saves in the shutout.
"We don't play fancy," said Hanson, whose team has outscored foes 68-14. "We play simple. I love this group. I love this school."
The Roughriders swallowed a bitter pill in their bid for the school's first state-championship appearance in boys soccer.
The tough state semifinal loss put Roosevelt 0 for 4 in title-match bids.
Union of Vancouver took a 1-0 lead on a fortunate bounce as Tyler Shadix poked the ball free from Roosevelt goalkeeper Julian Leveque following a free kick and looped it over him in the 45th minute.
"It was a great run, but I'm disappointed in the refereeing," Roosevelt coach Val Seid said. "That first goal should've never happened. Our keeper had the ball. Guys went in and took the ball out of his hands and the ball bounced. The ref said the ball bounced again, so he had no possession of the ball."
In the 49th minute, junior midfielder Tucker Olsen hit a shot from 30 yards out toward the left post and Union goalkeeper Pasha Hashemi didn't cleanly handle it. Olsen's long shot rolled off Hashemi's hands and into the net to tie it at 1-1.
Nathaniel Cheney beat Leveque, who charged out to challenge, with an open-net goal from 13 yards out in the 58th minute for a 2-1 Titans lead.