Last updated: October 24. 2013 12:29PM
Savanna Pope Sports Writer



Savanna Pope/The Sampson IndependentUnion's No. 6 Juan Arias attempts a kick, but it is blocked by Raider Jonathan Garcia as his teammate No. 8 Faustino Espino stands ready to assist.
Savanna Pope/The Sampson IndependentUnion's No. 6 Juan Arias attempts a kick, but it is blocked by Raider Jonathan Garcia as his teammate No. 8 Faustino Espino stands ready to assist.
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The Union Spartans hosted county rival, Midway, for their senior night, but both teams were evenly matched and the game ended in a 2-2 tie.


Midway jumped on the scoreboard first just a few minutes into the game. Union came back 31 minutes later with a goal by Isaias Campos to tie the game. Both teams stayed on each others’ toes, as they constantly battled back and forth on the field. Union scored again when Elias Gonzalas found the back of the net in the second half and it seemed as if the Spartans had the game won.


Then, with 2 minutes left in the game, the Raiders found the back of the net for a tie score. Two 10-minute overtimes didn’t help matters.


“I think we all saw two evenly matched teams play a hard game tonight,” asserted Raider head coach Alan McLamb. “We match up well with Union, and we went at it. I don’t think I saw either team quit. I just give both teams credit to the guys on the field tonight. I think we played good soccer, and if we take this game and continue to play soccer like this, then we will be alright.”


For the Raiders, Alex Boggs had 1 goal with an assist from Faustino Espino and Jonathan Garcia scored 1 goal, and an assist from Jackson Carr.


Union head coach David Ameen said the Raiders seemed to have an answer for every move the Spartans’ made, but he was proud of the fact that his team never gave up.


“I thought that the first half we looked really good, because we were moving the ball well, we were playing it. The boys were able to play good tonight against the intensity, and that’s what I like to see, especially when we play a school like Midway,” Coach Ameen commented.


“They had an answer for any adjustment we made on the field. Midway really stepped up, so I give that credit to them. Overall I’m very proud of my team. For them to battle like that, even though it ended in a tie, all these people that were out here tonight got to see them play hard, and they never quit,” he added.


The seven Spartan seniors who were recognized were Chayanne Lopez, Isaias Campos, Rodolfo Sandoval, Fabian Subias Cruz, Alias Gonzales, Cesar Cardenas, and Juan Arias.


Both teams will find out by Monday their playoff situation. The first round begins next Wednesday.


Union ended the regular season 10-5-2 overall, and 7-5-1 in the conference. Midway was 8-7-3 in the conference.

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