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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

Football

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    7 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    7 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    7 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    7 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    7 p.m.

Ash Grove at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Brentwood    7 p.m.

*St. Charles West at Warrenton    7 p.m.

South Callaway at Wright City     7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Softball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt S    4:30 p.m.

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Volleyball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    5 p.m.

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    4:30 p.m.

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

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

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

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

*Conference Games

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