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Union Boy’s Soccer Team Off to Impressive Start

By MIKE MOGUIN
GTR Sports Writer

LEADER: Ruben Carrasco is one of many reasons why the Union Redskins are unbeaten on the boys’ soccer pitch early in the season.


MIKE MOGUIN for GTR Newspapers


When it comes to Union soccer, the girls have been the hot team, having won consecutive championships the past three seasons. However, the boys are rockin’ the pitch in the early going of the 2018 season.

As of this writing, Union is unbeaten (9-0). What’s behind the surge? A new coach and a brotherhood-type atmosphere.

The Redskins are led by first-year coach Michael Wilson, a native of Scotland.
“It’s good to learn from every new coach, and that’s what it is,” senior Ruben Carrasco says. “He’s a new coach and I love him. He’s a good coach. He’s taught me a lot of new things. He’s taught me how to be smart. I wasn’t really disciplined, but he taught me to maintain myself and to keep a cool head throughout the game, and he’s taught the whole group how to be a team and not be selfish.

“The last two years I’ve been on varsity, we’ve been on good teams,” Carrasco says. “But this year, I’m really confident about the team and how we’re more of a family. We’re just like a big family, we’re all bonding.”

Carrasco led Union in a 3-1 win against Norman North on March 29. He scored two goals in that game, including a go-ahead goal that broke a tie with 34:13 left in the game.

“It felt good,” Carrasco says, in regards to scoring. “It’s good getting two goals, but it’s not just me, it’s the whole team. We didn’t play our best, but we still came out with the win. That’s what we do.”

It was a significant victory for the Redskins.

“They’re not bad,” Carrasco says of Norman North. “They’re actually a pretty good team. I give them credit. They know how to defend well. They know how to move the ball. They played well.”

Carrasco loves the game of soccer. He’s been playing the world’s most popular sport since the age of three.

“It’s a passion for me and I want to make something out of it,” he says.

Carrasco is doing it and hopes to play at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa.
In the meantime, he and the Redskins have big dreams.

“It’s what we’re trying to accomplish this year,” he says. “We’re trying to be the No. 1 team in the nation. It’s a step-by-step process, just keep going and keep grinding everyday.”

What makes the Redskins excel, Carrasco believes, is how they do quick passes, movement off the ball, attacking as a team and pressing as a team.  

“Right now, we’re working on being disciplined and working as a team,” he says. “We’re not trying to do individual things. We’re just trying to be as a group and be as a family. That’s what we’re working on,” Carrasco says.

As far as who will be the toughest teams that will be challenging, Carrasco is not sure.
“You can’t tell,” he says. “In soccer, anything can go. In boys’ soccer, there is a lot of competition.”

And the Redskins have proven they are ready for it.

Updated 04-27-2018

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