Jefferson High School left no doubt about who was the best boys soccer team in Class 4A — and arguably among all classifications — this season.
A thorough 3-0 dismantling of Union of Vancouver in the Class 4A state title game Saturday night at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup hammered the point home with authority.
Just as the program did in 1983 in going undefeated en route to winning the school’s first 4A title, the Raiders closed out an undefeated season and added another state title — the eighth — to the collection 30 years later.
“I won a lot of titles as a club coach and took a lot of teams to regionals, but to do what they have to do with their academics and everything, it’s an achievement,” said seventh-year Jefferson coach Dave Hanson, who suffered a string of three consecutive first-round defeats at state in his tenure with Jefferson.
Although Matthew Cruz’s goal off an assist from Rodrigo Robles in the 20th minute was the Raiders’ lone score of the first half, Jefferson outshot Union, 17-1, in the half.
The veteran Raiders continued to zip the ball around the field in the second half, much to the building frustration of Union (16-3). The Titans racked up a pair of yellow cards as Jefferson continued fire away at will at goalkeeper Pasha Hashemi, finishing with 34 shots on goal to Union’s two.
Jefferson (18-0) finally opened up the lead in the 56th minute. Brandon Madsen and Alvaro Osornio traded passes at point blank range, and after Hashemi blocked Alvaro Osornio’s initial shot, Madsen kicked in the rebound for the score.
Alvaro Orsorno added another goal, a rocket shot from the left side on an offensive attack in the 76th minute.