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Originally posted May 9, 2012
The 6A State Boys Soccer final between the Union Redskins and Norman North has been moved due to Union’s graduation. The game will now be played on Saturday, May 12, at Newcastle High School at 6:00 p.m.
|High School Boys’ Soccer Try-Outs
August 22 – 24
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
8th grade center soccer field
Any questions, contact Coach Cory Butler email@example.com
(Must have a physical dated after May 1, 2012 to try-out)
Union's David Bustos (right) tries for control of the ball under pressure from Edmond North's Jason Rinehart on Tuesday. MATT BARNARD / Tulsa World
Union boys top Edmond North to move to 6A soccer final
BY DUANE DAPRON Tulsa World Correspondent
(Reprinted with Permission. This is not an endorsement.)
For Union's Cristian Mata, the winning sequence proved to be: right post, crossbar, left post, back of net.
Shrugging off three near misses in the second half, Mata came through with the game-winning goal with just 1:55 remaining in the second overtime period to give the Redskins a 2-1 victory against Edmond North in a Class 6A semifinal playoff match Tuesday night at the Union Soccer Complex.
The victory propels Union (13-1-1) into the state final against Norman North at 6 p.m. Saturday at Newcastle High School. (See map)
The Redskins will be seeking their fourth state title after winning the 6A crown in 2007 to go along with Class 5A crowns in 1998 and 2005.
With the match knotted at 1-1 in the 99th minute, Mata outmuscled an Edmond North defender for the ball in the goal box. After turning himself toward the goal, the senior forward rifled a right-footed shot from 15 yards past Huskies goalkeeper Chris Ganz for his team-leading 22nd goal of the season.
"I missed a couple of good shots earlier and then got one to go there at the end," Mata said of the winning goal, which gave Union its 10th straight victory.
"They gave me a little bit of space and I was able to turn on it. I knew it had to go in."
Mata's game-winner was Union's only serious shot on goal in the two overtime periods after the Redskins had attempted 20 shots in regulation.
"Basically, it was a case of Cristian willing the ball into the goal," Union head coach Cory Butler said.
In the match's 78th minute, Mata got behind the Edmond North defense but his shot from 15 yards caromed off the left post to send the match into overtime.
Union struck first just four minutes into the match when Dylan Beaird took a pass from Mata and tallied a goal from the right wing from 30 yards.
UNION 2, EDMOND NORTH 1, OT