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Posted: Friday, November 15, 2013 8:00 pm

Hitting back on the counterattack, the Helias Crusaders advanced past the Union Wildcats in MSHSAA Class 2 sectional soccer action Tuesday night at Stierberger Stadium, 1-0.

In the 70th minute, Helias forward Braden Remmert took a quick pass up the field from teammate Gage West to put the ball past Union goalkeeper Trey Fink for the game’s only goal.

The marker came moments after Union had a scoring chance in the Helias end.

The Wildcats had one final chance at the buzzer, but TJ Vitt’s sliding effort at a crossing pass at the far post deflected just wide.

On a night better suited for a snowball fight than a soccer match, Union ended its season with a 16-11 record while the Crusaders improved to 19-5.

“I’m proud of the way the kids played,” Union Head Coach Matt Fennessey said. “They played hard. We gave ourselves an opportunity to win the game. We played well on both sides of the ball. We got the goal-scoring chances we thought we needed. We got the low crosses we thought would be dangerous against this team. We just couldn’t find an end on it. Unfortunately, that’s the way it goes sometimes.”

Helias will host Carthage (22-5) Saturday at 1 p.m. in the quarterfinals.

“It’s like I told the boys before the game,” Fennessey said. “Helias was ranked 10th in the state right now and we gave them everything they could handle. It was a one-goal game. We knew we were going to be in this type of game. Unfortunately, they got the break on the long transition goal. That’s something we talked about at halftime. I’m so happy for this group. If you would have told me Aug. 5 that we would be in this position, I would have been really excited. The team really came together. It was fun coaching them this year.”

Despite losing the game, Union controlled the ball for much of the game and generated a number of scoring chances.

The first one came in the ninth minute when Union’s Dylan Fitzgerald tested Helias goalkeeper Kyle Daledovich with a shot which went just over the crossbar.

Union’s next strong scoring chance came in the 32nd minute when Vitt scorched a shot which Daledovich saved. Vitt made his attempt after the ball was partially cleared and shot from distance.

In the 34th minute, the Crusaders got a scoring chance which went just wide of the post.

The half ended tied 0-0 with both teams fighting the weather as well as each other.

The Wildcats came out kicking in the second half. In the 43rd minute, Alex Ciot worked in from the left side near the six-yard box and had a chance, but the Wildcats couldn’t knock the ball into the goal.

In the 46th minute, Fink was called upon to make a save on a Helias effort.

In the 56th minute, Union’s Tylor Brown looped a long shot from the sideline which would have dropped into the goal had Daledovich not played the ball correctly to make the catch near the crossbar.

A sequence which foreshadowed the eventual goal happened in the 64th minute. Union had a scoring chance following a long throw by Brown, but Helias countered and forced Fink to come up with a big stop to keep it tied.

Vitt had another long effort come close in the 65th minute and Helias missed in the 66th.

Following the Helias goal, Union pressured the net hard.

In the 70th minute, the Wildcats had a corner kick chance cleared.

Union continued to push for the equalizer and every second counted down the stretch.

The final flurry came in the closing 15 seconds and ended just short of an equalizer.

“This group really stepped up with their senior leadership,” Fennessey said. “We had a couple of guys in Alex Ciot and Nathan Saleniuc who stepped up and became big leaders. We had new guys while Trey Fink and TJ Vitt were newcomers who came in. Trey made big saves for us all year long. TJ almost had that one at the end. We had kids who stepped up and we’re going to miss them.”

Fennessey also said there are many strong players coming back next season.

“We’re going to lean on Dillon Breeden and Andrei Ciot, two starters from this year, to come back and lead the way,” Fennessey said. “You never know what is going to happen from year to year. We thought we were going to be in a goalie situation this year and Trey emerged. We’ll see what we have next year.”

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Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Hillsboro 49, Northwest 34

~New Haven 35, Chamois 28

~Wright City 47, Warrenton 41

^Union 63,  St. Clair 60

~Hermann 63 vs. Montgomery Co 5

St. James 57, Owensville 35

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

^Borgia vs. Washington    7 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Notre Dame 50, Borgia 45

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union vs. Wentzville Liberty   4 p.m.

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Pacific vs. Lutheran South    5:30 p.m.

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — St. Clair vs. Holt   7 p.m.

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington vs. Warrenton    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament

Wrestling

Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Summit 39, Union 34

Owensville 41, Pacific 38

Pacific 45, St. James 28

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at DeSoto   5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at DeSoto 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games

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