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Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 3:00 pm

Scoring two goals less than a minute apart proved to be enough for the Borgia soccer Lady Knights Monday.

Second-seeded Borgia (6-10) netted a 2-0 win over third-seeded Sullivan in the Class 2 District 9 semifinals Monday at Borgia.

“Getting those first two goals gave us a luxury,” said Borgia Head Coach Grant Kang. “We could sag back and defend more and force them to try to equalize. It really put a lot more pressure on them to finish.”

Kang said it was good to win the semifinal game.

“It’s a relief to be able to get the first district win,” Kang said. “Teams always are nervous playing their first district game.”

Borgia will face top-seeded Union Wednesday at 6 p.m. for the championship.

“We just have to play our best,” Kang said. “We have to let the wins and losses fall where they may. We know we have to bring our best performance. For us to have a chance to get by a team as fine as Union, we will have to be playing our very best to even have that chance. They’re a great team. They were very dominant today (in a 9-1 win over Pacific).”

Union beat Borgia early in the season, 6-0.

Borgia’s scoring surge came in the ninth and 10th minutes of Monday’s semifinal game.

Just 8:57 into the contest, Borgia junior Janie Arand put a high shot off of Sullivan senior goalie Kelsey Hedges’ hands for the first marker.

The goal was created when sophomore Allie Wilson fought down the left side and was able to cross the ball to Arand for the tally.

Just 42 seconds later, the Lady Knights surged forward and Wilson again set up the goal. This time, she passed to junior Emily Grahl, who put the ball off the left post and into the net.

The trio of Wilson, Arand and Grahl contributed quite a bit of energy to Borgia’s attack and those two goals proved to be the difference in the game.

“They really covered a lot of ground today,” Kang said. “They made a lot of runs. Their work rate was very high today. I think that ended up making a huge difference in the game.”

Sullivan had chances in the first half as well. Sophomore Skyler Evans put a ball into the side of the net after Borgia senior goalkeeper Emily Sisco was caught out of the goal.

Sullivan pushed to get back into the game in the second half and that gave Borgia several chances to hit back on the counter.

Borgia was able to create a number of chances in the second half by finding forwards moving through the defense. Many times, Sullivan’s defense was able to get back and make a challenge in time to stop the threat.

“We took advantage,” Kang said. “We had some speed available and they didn’t have many good choices because they had to press forward. That made our counterattacks more dangerous.”

But when that failed, Hedges came up huge.

Grahl was brought down in the box with just under 16 minutes left in the game and awarded a penalty kick. Her shot went on the ground to the left, but Hedges guessed right, pushed the ball off the post and then smothered the rebound.


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

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

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 at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

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