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

Getting goals from three different players, the Union soccer Lady ’Cats cruised to a 9-1 win over Pacific Monday in the Class 2 District 9 semifinals at Borgia.

“This is right where we want to be,” Union Head Coach Matt Fennessey said. “We’ve given ourselves the chance to win the district final. We know that Borgia will be a tough team and we’ll get ready for it.”

The win set up a showdown for Union (16-4) with second-seeded Borgia Wednesday night for the district title. Borgia advanced with a 2-0 win over Sullivan.

“My girls played with a lot of heart knowing Union was going to be tough,” Pacific Head Coach Sara Schultz said. “Our season record does not reflect the effort or skill of our team. We have learned a lot this season and will be working hard off-season for next year.”

Sophomore Bethany Coons scored four goals for Union while junior Kayla Thornton added three and sophomore Kaylyn Bigley added two goals.

Coons and her sister, senior Alyssa Coons, each had two assists. Union’s stats also had Bigley, Alicia Brueggemann, freshman Maline Davis and freshman Taylor Gaebe for one assist apiece.

Senior Briana Lakebrink was in net for Union.

Pacific’s goal came from junior Amber Zurliene. Sophomore Sydney Drysdale made nine saves in goal before moving into the field later in the second half. Senior Callie Phillips closed out the game in goal and made two saves.

Union took advantage of three quick goals to start the game before Pacific scored its goal. Bethany Coons scored twice and Bigley added a goal before Pacific hit with Zurliene’s marker.

“Our corner kicks were really dangerous to start the game,” Fennessey said. “They were dangerous in front of the net and giving us good chances. We were hustling, getting to the end line and using our wings. We did a nice job of finishing when we got the chances.”

Union continued the pressure and got another goal 14 minutes before the end of the half with Thornton scoring her first marker on a tap-in. The half ended with Union on top, 4-1.

Both coaches felt Union picked up its play in the second half.

“It was a good second half by the Wildcats,” Fennessey said. “The first half was a little sketchy. We weren’t doing the things that made us successful. We were doing a great job finishing in the final third, but we would have liked to have played better. The second half was really good.”

Schultz said her team played better in the first half.

“The girls controlled the ball well the first half and the score did not reflect our effort,” Schultz said. “We just could not recover in the second half of the game.”

Union started the scoring early, getting a Bigley goal less than four minutes into the half.

From there, Union scored about every four minutes to make it 7-1. Bethany Coons scored with an assist from Brueggemann and Thornton converted a penalty kick with 28:29 to play.

Thornton scored on a cross from Bethany Coons with 20:30 to play.

And the final goal came from Bethany Coons with 5:53 remaining. Bigley assisted.


Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule


Wednesday, April 9

Pacific 14, Borgia 8

Ft. Zumwalt East 7, Washington 2

Union 7, North County 6

Thursday, April 10

Washington 5, Ft. Zumwalt East 0

Union 5, Hermann 4 (8)

St. James 11, St. Clair 4

Pacific 20, New Haven 10

Friday, April 11

*Borgia 6, DuBourg 2

Warrenton 12, St. Clair 2

Saturday, April 12

Borgia 7, St. Clair 0

Monday, April 14

Washington at Pacific, PPD

North County at St. Clair, PPD

Union 5, Waynesville 3

Tuesday, April 15

Borgia 4, Washington 2

Cuba 7, St. Clair 1

*Pacific 14, Owensville 0

Girls Soccer

Wednesday, April 9

Windsor Tournament

Washington 2, Windsor 0

Union 4, Pacific 1

Thursday, April 10

Borgia 7, DuBourg 1

St. Clair 9, St. James 0

Windsor Tournament

Third-Place Game — Windsor 8, Pacific 1

Championship Game — Washington 5, Union 4 (2 OT)

Friday, April 11

St. Pius 5, Borgia 0

Fatima 2, St. Clair 1 (PK Shootout)

Monday, April 14

Washington 5, Borgia 3

*Union 12, St. James 0

*Sullivan 1, Owensville 0 (2 OT)

Troy Tny, TBA

Hillsboro Tny, TBA

Tuesday, April 15

*Washington 2, Ft. Zumwalt East 0

*Union 10, Owensville 0

Troy Tny    TBA

Hillsboro Tny    TBA


Wednesday, April 9

Borgia 162, Duchesne 182, Lutheran St. Charles 175 (medalist B-C. Voss 35)

Sullivan 163, Pacific 181, St. James 201 (medalist P-C. VanLeer 37)

Thursday, April 10

Washington 148, Ft. Zumwalt S 176 (medalist W-B. Carpenter 29)

St. James at Union, 4 p.m.

Friday, April 11

Sullivan Tournament, 8 a.m.

Borgia 196, St. Dominic 214 (Medalist-C. Voss, Borgia, 33)

Monday, April 14

*Washington 176, Holt 179 (medalist W-B. Carpenter 42)

Tuesday, April 15

Borgia 209, Kennedy 250 (medalist B-C. Voss 35)

*Pacific/Sullivan at St. Clair, 4 p.m.

*Hermann at Union, 4 p.m.

Track and Field

Tuesday, April 15

Union Relays (Winners: B-Potosi 101; G-Washington 119)

Boys Volleyball

Wednesday, April 9

Duchesne def. Borgia, 25-19, 25-16

Thursday, April 10

Seckman def. Borgia, 25-15, 21-25, 25-13

College Softball

Friday, April 11

Central Methodist JV at ECC, 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 12

ECC swept Cottey in doubleheader

Sunday, April 13

ECC at Central Methodist JV, PPD

Monday, April 14

*ECC at St. Louis, PPD

Tuesday, April 15

*Three Rivers at ECC, 2 p.m.

*Conference Games

NCAA Men's Basketball News