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Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013 6:45 pm

What a difference a tournament makes.

When Union (10-4) and Washington (10-7-1) last met at the Windsor Tournament, they were playing for the championship.

But at the 24th Annual CYC Joseph Carenza Memorial Tournament Thursday, the teams played for seventh place.

And like at the Windsor Tournament, Union emerged with the victory. This time, the Lady ’Cats won 4-1.

“It’s a little different when you’re playing for seventh instead of first,” Union Head Coach Matt Fennessey said. “We’re happy to get the win. Washington’s a good team. They’re always tough because they’re a rival school.”

Washington Head Coach Chris Lanemann said his players competed in the match.

“I thought my girls played very hard,” Lanemann said. “We had a very short bench due to injuries and I had girls playing new positions. So under those circumstances I thought we played hard.”

Sophomore Bethany Coons and junior Kayla Thornton each scored a brace for the Lady ’Cats while senior Brianna Pagan scored on a penalty kick for Washington.

“They both did a really good job,” Fennessey said. “Kayla came off the bench and put two in for us at crucial times. Bethany also had a nice game with two goals. I’m happy with the way they played and I’m happy to get back into the scoring column. It’s been three games now that we’ve gone without a goal, so it’s nice to get back to scoring some goals.”

Lanemann said Union took advantage of mistakes.

“We still continue to make some mental mistakes, like we did on three of the goals,” Lanemann said. “The good thing is, they are mental mistakes and can be easily corrected. Union is a good team and are well coached, you can’t give up two soft goals and make the mistakes we made and expect to win.”

Fennessey said the tournament was a good experience for Union

“We’re going to get stronger,” Fennessey said. “This was a great tournament to see where we’re at with the big dogs and see what we need to do better. We got to see what good quality soccer looks like.”

Fennessey credited Washington and some of his players.

“They’re always tough,” Fennessey said. “We changed some things around a little bit, putting Natalie Helling in the middle of the field and she’s doing a nice job with Alyssa Coons. I moved Abbie Brack up to stopper, which is more of a natural position for her and what she played last year. She played a really nice job.”

Lanemann also felt several of his players had good games.

“I thought Destiny Hofstetter had a very nice game playing stopper for the first time this year,” Lanemann said. “I also thought Martha Noelker had a really strong game playing wing midfield, which was her first time playing this position as well. Halee (Nurnberger) created some nice scoring chances for us, we just didn’t capitalize. I am counting on getting most of my injured players back next week and we will get going on the right track and finish our season strong.”

If you missed the first two meetings, the teams are scheduled to play again Wednesday at Union Middle School.

The junior varsity game will kick off at 5 p.m. The two JV teams also played on Thursday in the Union Tournament with Washington winning, 4-1.

Wednesday’s varsity game will kick off around 6:30 p.m.

Prior to that, Union will visit Sullivan in Four Rivers Conference play Monday with JV action starting at 5 p.m. That’s expected to be a huge game in the FRC race.

The Lady Jays, who will be playing on the road for the rest of the season with construction starting at their home pitch, are at Holt on Tuesday for Gateway Athletic Conference Central Division action. The JV game starts at 4 p.m.

In Thursday’s game, Union picked up the first goal in the 17th minute. Coons intercepted the ball and was able to fire a high shot which looped over Washington junior netminder Anna Kelpe to make it 1-0.

“We did good,” Fennessey said. “We came out and got a goal in the first 20 minutes. We kept our foot on the gas from there.”

Washington had a chance to equalize late in the half, ripping a shot off the crossbar.

But Union made it 2-0 just before the half. Thornton scored on a hard open shot from the right side in the 38th minute after Coons crossed the ball to her.

Union needed that lead as Washington was awarded a penalty kick in the 43rd minute after Union tripped one of the Lady Jays in the box.

Pagan converted on the penalty kick to cut Union’s lead in half, 2-1.

Union needed six minutes to add to the lead. Coons was able to put a shot past junior goalkeeper Mary McGilvray (who played the second half for the Lady Jays) just inside the right post. Union’s lead was not threatened again.

Union received a scare at the hour mark when senior Alyssa Coons went down with a left ankle injury. She did not return.

In the 79th minute, Thornton completed her brace with another goal, ripping a high shot which snuck through McGilvray’s hands and into the net.


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games