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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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Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

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.

Wrestling

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

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