Union Travel Soccer Weekly Update


UNION, NJ - The Union Travel program, one of the strongest in central jersey, continues its fall program with many of its teams in action this weekend.  Union Travel has teams ranging in age from U-9 to U-16 in the fall and beginning in the spring they will have teams ranging from U-9 to U-19.

Union Travel gains most of its players from our strong recreation division which consists of over 400 players.  It also has players from all around Union County as its strong talent base and competitive teams provide exposure for many of its players.  Union Soccer’s partnership with Pure Soccer Academy has provided professional trainers and an environment for kids in this area to get exceptional training.  Union has teams ranked in the top 40 in the state from various age levels. The club also saw two teams go to nationals last spring with Crimson Tide and the Union Lady Dragons garnering the honors.

Union Raptors U9B - Raptors win again posting a 5-1 victory

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Union Comets U9B - Comets continue their winning ways rolling to a 6-1 win.

Union Sporting U10B  - This week Sporting U10 had a loss 4-3 against the Garwood Titans.  Goals were made by Matteo, 2, and Alex. Although Sporting were dominating most of the game it wasn't enough to keep up with the Titans.  The team would like to take a moment to invite all to our fundraiser on December 3rd at Applebees from  8am - 10am.

Union Cosmos U10B -  The Union Cosmos took the field this weekend and faced a tough Cranford soccer club in which the boys lost their first encounter by a score of 3-1 but this weekend the tides were turned.  The Boys came out firing on all cylinders and dominated the whole game and never gave up  and were able to come out with a 2-0 win to improve their record and help the kids come together more and more as a team.  Goal scorers in the contest for Union came from Tavo Guillen and Jonathan Alfano.

Union Dragons Blue U11B - Union Dragons Blue Vs Piscataway Barcelona

 The rematch took place at Union’s home field. The first game earlier in the season was a scoring contest for both halves ending with Barcelona getting the last minute goal. This time however, the tables were turned, after going down 1-0 a few minutes into the start of the game, The Dragons reset their positioning and never looked back. A tough game of hard tackles and explosive runs, the Dragon Goal Keepers did a great job of stopping anything coming near the goal. The defensive players for the team quickly stopped any advancement of the opposition. Mid field and forwards created many scoring opportunities and maintained possession for a majority of the game. At the end of the game, the final score was 5-2 in favor of the Dragons.

Union Dragons Red U11B - Despite dominating the entire game, the Dragons could not find the back of the net and fell to Piscataway by a score of 1-0

Union Elite U12 Boys - Elite lost their first game of the season in heartbreaking fashion to Westfield 1-0

Union Cougars U13B  - Cougars played a home and home series with Delaware Valley over the weekend winning 3-2 at home and falling on the road by a 5-2 margin

Union Dragons White U13B - After dropping their first game of the season, the Dragons remain unbeaten in their last 7 games following a 3-0 victory over Millburn.

Union Eagles U14B - Eagles fell to Westfield in their first meeting this season and sought revenge Sunday.  They got their revenge by whipping Westfield 5-2.

Union Pride U15B -  Fall Season Completed.  4th place finish in the Premier 1st Division North 4 wins, 3 losses, and no ties.  Next up, the EDP Fall Classic, which takes place this weekend November 12th and 13th in Pittsgrove, NJ.

Union Spartans U16B - The Union Spartans started their games this week on Thursday night playing against Perth Amboy Pumas.  After an unsuccessful corner attempt, the Spartans took ball possession back in the Pumas 18.  Edgar gave Nathan a light pass and Nathan shot the ball across the goal and into the lower right corner.   Both teams played very aggressively during the rest of the first half.  In the 2nd half, Patrick earned a penalty kick after being fouled by the Goalie in the 18.   Andy scored the PK by shooting low and in the center.  With 10 minutes remaining in the game, Matthews gave a leading diagonal pass.  Ethan made a run for the ball and crossed it as Michael was running toward the goal.  Michael connected and shot a banger right into the net.  The Spartans won 3 to 0.

On Saturday, the Spartans took on Hunterdon Force.  Due to unfortunate injuries and several scheduling conflicts, the Spartans were forced to play with only 10 players. With heart and perseverance, the boys were up for the challenge.   Three minutes into the first half, Edgar passed the ball to Ricardo.  Ricardo moved the ball closer to the goal and then tapped the ball into the net, giving the Spartans a 1 to 0 lead.  About 15 minutes later, Ethan threw the ball to Patrick.  Patrick shook 2 defenders and then shot the ball across the goal into the upper 90. The score was now 2 to 0.  During the second half, Force earned a goal and the score was 2 to 1.  The Spartans exhibited great ball possession.  Christian C. was able to give Patrick a beautiful through ball.  Patrick shot and the ball bounced several times before stopping right over the goal line.    Even though they were down one player and had 0 subs, the Spartans proved to be the stronger team winning 3 to 1.

On Sunday, the Spartans played against Monmouth Strikers.  The Strikers only had 10 players while the Spartans had 11.  As a courtesy, the Spartans played with 10 player on the field. Ethan, Migel, Cesario, Nathaniel, Edgar, Ricardo, Andy, Patrick, Kevin, Matthews and Gabriel controlled the ball majority of the game.  The Spartans won 6 to 0.

The Spartans finished their U16 boys MNJYSA Fall season undefeated this weekend with 10 wins and 0 losses.  The team took a challenge by playing up a year to U16 and demonstrated with their confidence, dedication and perseverance that they can do it.  This was done while majority of the team was also playing with their respective High School teams. The Spartans chose to play MidNJ in the fall because EDP did not have a U16 season in the early fall.   Next up for the Spartans are the following:  EDP season, EDP Fall Classic, and the EDP Open Cup which will be played in Albany. 

Union Fury U11G - Due to rain outs earlier in the season, the Union Fury played a double-header on Sunday November 6th.  The morning game took place in West Windsor, the home of Grover's Mill and the location of the fictitious alien invasion from the 1938 Halloween radio broadcast of War of the Worlds.  Much like the aliens, the Fury did not come in peace and were eventually bested by the local inhabitants (in this case the West Windsor-Plainsboro 06G Black).  The Fury struck first with an early goal by Sophia Cardoso.  The WW-P team tied it up, but the Fury answered back to go up 2-1 on a hard-earned goal by Sydney Holder.  However, the Fury could not hold the lead and WW-P struck back immediately to tie the game at 2-2.  The score stayed the same through halftime and much of the second half, with the Fury weathering a chaotic sequence that saw keeper Zofia "Bella" Vaz and her defense standing side by side by side (by side?) on the goal line and deflecting seemingly countless point blank shots.  Unfortunately, WW-P finally broke through for the eventual winning goal with less than a minute left in the game, and the Fury headed home on the wrong side of a 2-3 final.

But the girls had a chance to end the weekend on a high note, playing against Franklin Township (also the Fury) at Lightning Brook Park back in Union.  The home Fury struck first on a goal from midfielder Cassidy Kidd, and held a 1-0 lead at halftime.  The visiting Fury came out of the break energized, and tied the game just a couple of minutes into the second half.  The Franklin Township team then went up a goal on a nice one-timer with about 10 minutes left in the game.  At that point, the girls from Union took their own turn at grabbing the momentum of the game and played with a desperation suitable to their in-game situation.  With less than 5 minutes left Cassidy Kidd, who switched to defense for the second half of the game, was given space to make a run up the middle of the field and put a long distance shot on goal and past the opposing keeper.  When the whistle blew three times a couple of minutes later, the Fury v Fury match-up had ended in a 2-2 tie.  The two Furies will play each other again next weekend in Franklin Township in what will be the Union Fury’s last league game of the outdoor season.

Union Revolution U12G - Union SC Revolution visited Livingston Green 05 and walked away with a 2-1 victory.  The Revolution scored first on Ashley Becke's strike into the top right corner of the goal mid way through the first half.  Play was even in the second half until Livingston scored on a direct kick after a foul outside of the 18.  With only 2 minutes to play Valery Silvera was fouled at the top of the box while trying to beat a defender.  Jaelyn Velasquez scored on the ensuing direct kick, her first goal of the season.  Union SC Revolution improves to 4-3-1 on season. 

Union MPD Gunners U14G - Gunners 6 South Brunswick 0

The Gunners continued their winning streak with a 6-0 win over the South Brunswick Cosmos

Union Liberty U14G - Liberty lost a tight contest to FC Berna by a 2-1 score


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Letters to the Editor

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