Making a statement to open the 25th Annual Joseph Carenza Memorial CYC Girls Soccer tournament, the Union Lady ’Cats rolled to a 7-0 victory over Freeburg, Ill.
The Lady ’Cats (13-3) face Webster Groves Tuesday in the second round at 6 p.m.
“No doubt Webster is going to be a difficult game,” Union Head Coach Matt Fennessey said. “Hopefully we’ll be able to give them a good game.”
The winner faces Lindbergh in the semifinals Wednesday at 6 p.m. The loser plays at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Union is guaranteed a fourth game in the tournament on Thursday.
Union scored three times in the first half and four in the second against the Lady Midgets.
“We got off to a good first goal with one of our captains, Bethany Coons,” Fennessey said. “She put a nice shot on goal which the keeper had a tough time handling and went in the back of the net. Her partner Karlie Peth had several good chances too. They were clicking up top for us all night.”
Coons netted two goals and added two assists while Peth ended with one assist.
Kaylyn Bigley scored twice while Bri Clark, Maline Davis and Taylor Gaebe each had one goal.
Clark, Natalie Helling and Kacie Weatherly also had assists.
Others stood out as well.
“Mariah Nowak played one of her better games,” Fennessey said. “She’s really starting to come into her own at the center mid position. Were going to need her to be a big player for us coming down the stretch.”
Freeburg pressed for a goal late in the contest, but Union was able to hold.
“Defensively, we made a great stand at the end of the game,” Fennessey said. “Jordan Thorpe played goal for us and made a couple big saves toward the end of the game.”
Thorpe made nine saves in the shutout.