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Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013 6:30 pm

The golden goal broke Union’s hearts.

Helias sophomore Maddison Lammers looped a long high ball which dropped under the crossbar in the 90th minute to lift Helias to a 3-2 overtime win against the Lady ’Cats Tuesday at Union Middle School.

“If you’ve watched any of our games, that goal right there has been our Achilles heel,” Union Head Coach Matt Fennessey said. “We’ve been beaten on that goal several times this year. If it was going to end, it was fitting it ended that way. I don’t want to take anything away from the girls because they played a heck of a game.”

The goal, Lammers’ second of the game, lifted Helias (15-8), last year’s Class 2 third-place team, into Saturday’s quarterfinal against either Republic or Carl Junction (they played Wednesday). Meanwhile, Union ended its season at 17-6.

“Last year, we get to this game and we get blown out by St. Dominic,” Fennessey said. “This year, we get to this game and we take a team that was third in the state last year to overtime. If you take it like that, it’s not that bad of a loss, but it still stings.”

Winning Goal

If Fennessey had a feeling of deja vu, it’s because he’s seen that type of goal scored multiple times this season.

Union allowed similar goals to Rolla and Pacific among others this season. In all instances, the ball was cleared out to near the top of the box when an opposing player stepped into the ball and launched a high shot into the goal.

This time, Lammers was the player to make the strike.

The sequence leading up to the goal started when Union senior goalkeeper Briana Lakebrink was hit while making a save in the 84th minute and stayed down. She suffered a laceration on her chin and had to leave the contest.

Lakebrink had played all but 40 minutes in goal this season prior to the injury.

Freshman midfielder Natalie Helling stepped up to go into goal for Union and made a stop soon after taking over.

The Helias goal came just over five minutes later. Union cleared the initial chance, but Lammers stepped into the ball and looped it in for the winner.

“We’re disappointed it ended this way,” Fennessey said. “Our younger players will come back stronger for this.”

Near Misses

The game marked the closest chance for Union to advance beyond the sectional round since 2005-06. In that year, Union also forced overtime against Springfield Catholic in Waynesville, but also lost in the first overtime by a 3-2 score.

Union’s other sectional trips in recent years:

• In 2003-04, Union lost 3-0 to Springfield Catholic in the Class 1 sectional round.

• In 2004-05, Springfield Catholic defeated Union at the sectional match, 4-0.

• Last season, Union lost 6-0 to St. Dominic in a Class 2 sectional match.

“We’re really happy with the way the girls performed,” Fennessey said. “Don’t think it wasn’t a goal to get past this. We know that’s what has happened when we’ve gotten to the sectional game. We haven’t been able to get over the hump. We’re going to get there. We’ve got the right things going on with girls soccer in Union.”

Scoring Plays

Helias netted the opening goal in the 10th minute. Junior Tiffany Weaver followed a pass into the area and was there to knock it in after a Union player stopped the ball in front of Lakebrink.

Union tied it in the 17th minute after being awarded a free kick from the left side of the area about 25 yards out.

Junior Jordan Thorpe, who had subbed on for sophomore Kaylyn Bigley, stepped up to take the kick after sophomore Bethany Coons was brought down.

Thorpe launched a shot which went over Helias goalkeeper Liz Czarkecki and under the crossbar to knot the score.

“Jordan has a great shot,” Fennessey said. “It reminded me of Camdenton last year. She scored three goals in that game and one of them was like that. Bigley’s taking our free kicks 99 percent of the time. Thorpe went in there and gave us some valuable minutes. She drilled that one. I don’t think they saw that one coming. She’s got the potential to hit the longer free kicks.”

Helias took the lead again in the 27th minute. Lammers knocked in a rebound after Lakebrink made the initial save on a shot. The ball went just between Lakebrink and the goal post to make it 2-1.

Union equalized in the 52nd minute. Junior Kayla Thornton powered a shot into the upper right corner past Czarnecki from the right side after a couple of crisp passes sprung her in scoring position.

Bigley started the play, finding Coons, who passed it over to Thornton.

“Bethany found Thornton making a run to the back side,” Fennessey said. “Thornton has a heck of a shot. If she can get it on goal, she’s got so much speed and power on it, it’s hard to stop as a goalkeeper. She scored a nice goal.”

Fennessey was pleased with the two comebacks.

“Coming back twice was big,” Fennessey said. “That’s something we’ve struggled with in the games we’ve lost. We fought hard to get back into it and came just up a bit short in the end.”

Union Seniors

“These seniors have seen tougher times,” Fennessey said. “They’ve seen the district games going the other way. They know what they’ve helped to start here at Union. Hopefully the tradition continues to give ourselves the chance to win the district and go on.”

Union graduates four seniors, and two of them were injured during the game.

“We’re going to miss those four girls tremendously,” Fennessey said. “I couldn’t be prouder of the four seniors who got us this far.”

Lakebrink went 17-5 in goal this season while playing 1,703 minutes. She had a 1.13 GAA and a .863 save percentage.

“Briana Lakebrink stood on her head for 80-plus minutes making big save after big save, denying them one-on-one and breakaway chances,” Fennessey said. “She gets a cut on her lip and wants to stay in the game.”

Alyssa Coons played a key role for the Lady ’Cats during her time at Union High School. She netted 18 goals with 22 assists this season and was one of Union’s top offensive players throughout her career.

She was hurt in the second half and had to come out with an ankle injury just over nine minutes left in regulation. After being taped up, she was able to return for the overtime session.

She will continue her soccer career at St. Charles Community College in the fall.

“Alyssa goes down and rolls her ankle pretty bad but she gets back in there in overtime,” Fennessey said.

Alicia Brueggemann was the rock in the middle of the offense for the Lady ’Cats this season. She netted two goals and added six assists while frequently being the last line of defense in front of Lakebrink.

“Alicia Brueggemann anchored us in the back,” said Fennessey.

Abbie Brack played a variety of different roles during her time at Union. She settled into a central defensive role this season while scoring two goals with five assists.

Brack, who will be playing next season at Hannibal-LaGrange University, netted both of her goals while playing at the far post on corner kicks.

“Abbie Brack went in head ball after head ball,” said Fennessey.

First Half Highlights

Union had the game’s first two strong chances, forcing Czarnecki to make saves after forcing a couple of corner kick chances.

Bethany Coons was able to make room early before Helias started to make sure three defenders watched where she went.

Helias recorded its first strong shot seven minutes into the game, forcing Lakebrink to make the stop. The Lady Crusaders built up from there, netting in the 10th minute to take the lead.

Union fought back, earning a chance to equalize off a restart and rebound, but the Lady ’Cats were called for a foul while still scrambling for the ball.

After Thorpe’s goal, Union had another chance after Helias was called for a hand ball. This time, Thorpe put her kick off the wall.

Bethany Coons was called for offsides to stop another chance.

Helias continued the pressure after taking the lead again. Lakebrink was forced to come up with big saves in the final minutes of the half.

Czarnecki also had to make a big stop in the final minute.

Second Half Highlights

Union pushed for an equalizer and had a golden chance in the 42nd minute, but freshman Taylor Gaebe put it over the net.

After Thornton equalized, Lakebrink was forced to dive, punch and smother the ball several times on Helias chances.

The Lady Crusaders were dangerous after finding holes in Union’s back four and launched one off the crossbar in the 70th minute, about one minute before Alyssa Coons was hurt.

In the 78th minute, Lakebrink dove on a loose ball after a shot.

And at the horn to end regulation, Lakebrink faced down a shot from Helias junior Jordan Poire. The shot came after the horn, but still missed the mark.

Overtime Highlights

Alyssa Coons returned for Union and both teams had chances but couldn’t make them pay off.

Lakebrink’s final save was a huge one as she again kept the ball out of the net. The collision was not the first time in the contest she had been hit while making a save.

Meanwhile, Helias kept a strong defensive presence to keep Union from winning the game. Czarnecki was tested high, but came up with the save.

“We’ve got a lot of young talent coming back here next year and they’ll have the experience of being in a sectional game,” Fennessey said. “There’s no doubt in my mind. It’s coming. You can bet that this is going to make us stronger.”


Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Friday, Jan. 2

Sullivan at Washington    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

Community Christian at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

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

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    7:45 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

&Borgia vs. Lutheran N    TBA

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

%St. Charles vs. Bayless    6 p.m.

%Westminster vs. Washington    7:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

%Borgia vs. St. Clair    6 p.m.

#South Callaway vs. North Callaway    6 p.m.

#Hermann vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

%Francis Howell Central vs. Union    7:30 p.m.

#Montgomery Co vs. New Bloomfield    7:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

#South Callaway-North Callaway loser vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield loser    6 p.m.

#South Callaway-North Callaway winner vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield winner    6 p.m.

Bethel at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville loser vs. Harrisburg-New Haven loser    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville winner vs. Harrisburg-New Haven winner    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

%St. Charles-Bayless loser vs. Westminster-Washington loser    4 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair loser vs. Francis Howell Central-Union loser    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

%St. Charles-Bayless winner vs. Westminster-Washington winner    7 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    7 pm.

#Seventh-place game    7:30 p.m.

Consolation game    7:30 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair winner vs. Francis Howell Central-Union winner    8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

%Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3:30 p.m.

%Consolation game    4 p.m.

%Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

#Championship game    6:30 p.m.

%Championship game    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    6:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    7:30 p.m.

%Washington Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

Girls Basketball

Friday, Dec. 26

Seckman Tournament

Northwest 43, Mehlville 42

Festus 58, Patriettes 13

Seckman 36, Oakville 28

Pacific 73, Carnahan 38

Saturday, Dec. 27

Seckman Tournament

Mehlville 39, Patriettes 35

Oakville 73, Carnahan 38

Festus 47, Northwest 30

Pacific 51, Seckman 33

Monday, Dec. 29

Seckman Tournament

Seventh-place game—Carnahan vs. Patriettes    1:30 p.m.

Third-place game—Seckman vs. Northwest    1:30 p.m.

Consolation game—Oakville vs. Mehlville    3 p.m.

Championship game—Pacific vs. Festus   3 p.m.

Rolla Tournament

St. Clair vs. Waynesville    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Rolla Tournament

St. James-Sedalia loser vs. Waynesville-St.Clair loser    2 p.m.

St. James-Sedalia winner vs. Waynesville-St. Clair winner    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 31

Rolla Tournament

Consolation game    9 a.m.

Seventh-place game    9 a.m. at MS&T

Third-place game    12 p.m.

Championship game    3 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 2

Hermann at Washington    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Bourbon    6 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 5

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

*Holt at Washington    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    5:30 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at St. Clair    7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    5 p.m.

Park Hills Central at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Cuba at New Haven    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

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

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    6:15 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Borgia vs. MICDS (St. Joseph’s Academy Shootout)    12:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

Lutheran South at St Clair    5:30 p.m.

Lindbergh at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

@Washington vs. Patriettes    5:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield vs. Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    6 p.m.

@Helias vs. Sullivan    7 p.m.

#North Callaway vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann vs. South Callaway    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Pacific at Ursuline    4:30 p.m.

Ft. Zumwalt East at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West vs. Union    5:30 p.m.

@Borgia vs. Eureka    7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

#Harrisburg-Russellville loser vs. North Callaway-New Haven loser    6 p.m.

#Harrisburg-Russellville winner vs. North Callaway-New Haven winner    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co loser vs. Hermann-South Callaway loser    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co winner vs. Hermann-South Callaway winner    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Bethel at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Northwest at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

@Washington-Patriettes loser vs. Helias-Sullivan loser    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union loser vs. Borgia-Eureka loser    7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

@Washington-Patriettes winner vs. Helias-Sullivan winner    5:30 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

#Seventh-place game    6 p.m.

#Consolation game    6 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union winner vs. Borgia-Eureka winner    7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

@Seventh-place game    1 p.m.

#Third-place game    2 p.m.

@Consolation game    2:30 p.m.

@Third-place game    4 p.m.

#Championship    5 p.m.

@Championship    5:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Union at Warrenton    6 p.m.

Montgomery Co at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    5 p.m.

Parkway West at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    6 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

@Union Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament


Friday, Dec. 26

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 27

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Monday, Dec. 29

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Jan. 7

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

Thursday, Jan. 8

Washington at Granite City    4:30 p.m.

Borgia at Hancock Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Union at Liberty Quad    5 p.m.

Washington at Warrenton    6 p.m.

*Sullivan at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

*Washington at Holt/Ft. Zumwalt East    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Westminster at Pacific    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

Union at Branson    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

Borgia at Owensville Tny    9 a.m.

Washington, Pacific at 141 Rumble    TBA

Union at Branson Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 20

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

Union at Sullivan/St. James/Warrenton    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Borgia/Washington at MICDS    4:15 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 12

Borgia at DuBourg    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Washington at Clayton    4:15 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

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

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt East/Timberland    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games