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Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 11:15 am

Once again, it will be Borgia and Union meeting to determine a district soccer championship.

Both teams won Monday during the Class 2 District 7 semifinals in Sullivan.

Borgia (12-7), the top seed, defeated fourth-seeded Sullivan (6-9-2) in the first semifinal, 3-0.

“This district is tougher than people think,” Borgia Head Coach Jeff Hill said. “You’ve got to be ready. All of these teams are getting better every year. It’s a pleasure to be involved in this district.”

Second-seeded Union (20-3) defeated third-seeded Pacific (6-18) in the second semifinal, 5-1.

Borgia and Union will play Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the championship game at Sullivan High School.

“It was a good win,” Union Head Coach Matt Fennessey said. “It’s good to be back into the championship game.”

Borgia is the defending district champion (beating Union last year) and edged Union early in the season on penalty kicks.

“It’s going to be a tough game,” Hill said. “So far, we’ve had some younger girls who have stepped up. If we play like we are capable of playing and keep possession of the ball, we’ll get through this.”

Fennessey said it will be a difficult contest.

“It will be a tough game,” Fennessey said. “We’re going to give it everything we’ve got. They have some terrific talent and a great goalkeeper. We’re going to do our best to try to give them a good game.”

The winner will visit the District 8 champion next Tuesday in the sectional round.

Teams in District 8 are St. Dominic, St. Charles West, Duchesne and Warrenton. That district tournament, hosted by St. Charles West, opened Tuesday and the championship game is set for Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Borgia-Sullivan

In the opener, Borgia struggled to find a way through Sullivan’s defense for much of the game.

The Lady Knights dominated possession and had many chances, but just weren’t able to convert most of the time.

Sophomore Janie Arand proved to be able to unlock the Sullivan defense just enough to give Borgia the win. She scored two goals and added an assist in Borgia’s 3-0 victory.

“We’re trying to get her to shoot more,” Hill said. “She’s got a lot of power and strength. She’s starting to get a little more active. She scored a goal the other night and she’s starting to smell blood. That’s good to see. We need the offensive production.”

Hill said there is room for improvement.

“I thought we played pretty well, but I think we could have played better,” Hill said. “Sullivan played pretty really good, too. Their sweeper and goalie played a very good game.”

Freshman Allie Wilson also scored while seniors Mary Catherine Cook and Jessica Diermann added assists.

“We did get fortunate to get three goals,” Hill said. “It made me a bit nervous because we weren’t scoring. We were shooting it right at the goalie, over the top or Sierra Fuchs, their sweeper, was getting to the ball. Sometimes that comes back to haunt you. In any sport, if you let someone hang around, the momentum can change.”

Senior Mackenzie Haddox made seven saves in goal for the shutout.

“The defense really came together in the second half of the season,” Hill said. “We really haven’t allowed a whole lot of goals.”

Sullivan’s statistics were not available as of press time.

Sullivan, the fourth seed, advanced by beating St. Clair Saturday.

Borgia scored its first goal 13:42 into the game. Cook worked in on the side of the touchline and crossed the ball to Arand who chipped it into the top left corner.

Borgia made it 2-0 just before the half. Arand scored again, hammering a loose ball into the goal after a corner kick. That goal came at the 38:48 mark.

Wilson scored on a tap-in at the 76:09 mark of the second half after the ball was crossed into the box from the left side.

Borgia has been playing lately without junior Jenna Hellebusch (knee). The Lady Knights also had to finish the game without senior Ana Ratcliff, who suffered a shoulder injury in the first half. The two have combined for 11 goals (six by Hellebusch) so far this season.

“Ana might be able to play Wednesday,” Hill said. “We’re hoping she will be able to come back.”

Union-Pacific

Union freshman Bethany Coons scored four times as Union moved past third-seeded Pacific in the other semifinal, 5-1.

Pacific deserves a lot of credit,” Fennessey said. “They came out here. They played hard and gave us a good match. Our girls were able to overcome that. Bethany Coons had a terrific night with four goals.”

Coons, who now has 54 goals on the season, also assisted on the other goal scored by sophomore Kayla Thornton.

“She’s a pretty special player,” Pacific Head Coach Todd Dempsey said about Coons. “You don’t score 54 goals by luck. She’s a good player. It’s good for our conference to have someone with the notoriety like that. I can’t say I like her too much as an opposing coach, but as a soccer fan, she’s a great player and fun to watch.”

Junior Alyssa Coons and senior Brittany Faber each had two assists in the game.

Junior Briana Lakebrink made five saves in goal for Union. The lone Pacific goal came on a penalty kick by senior Kim Myers.

Pacific used two goalkeepers in the game, Sydney Drysdale and Calli Phillips. Drysdale played the first 65 minutes.

“I just don’t think we played up to the way we played the last game,” said Dempsey. “Nobody is going to argue who the better team is. They outplayed us today and finished their opportunities.”

While Pacific pressured off the kickoff, Union quickly established a lead.

“I thought we started off pretty well for the first three or four minutes,” Dempsey said. “We were down in their end and giving them everything they could handle. It’s a shame we couldn’t have sustained that a little more.”

Just 8:46 into the contest, Bethany Coons scored after working in from the right side. Drysdale made a stop, but couldn’t control the ball. Pacific junior Emily Frazier followed the play all the way back to the post, but couldn’t stop the goal.

“It was good to get on the board early,” Fennessey said. “We were off to a slow start, though. The first five or six minutes, they were in our end, putting a some pressure on the goal. We just had to get out of our backfield. Once the girls started doing that, it got a lot better.”

At the 16:02 mark, Thornton scored after a throw-in deep in the Pacific end. Bethany Coons crossed the ball to her and earned the assist.

Less than two minutes later, Bethany Coons sprinted up the middle and scored off the left post.

Union demonstrated its fast ball movement again at the 25:04 mark with Bethany Coons scoring on a shot Drysdale deflected.

Union nearly made it 5-0 at the break. Alyssa Coons drilled a shot off the crossbar with 10 seconds left in the half.

Less than four minutes into the second half, Bethany Coons scored her fourth goal on a hard shot from about 15 yards out.

In the 46th minute, Union had the chance to add to the lead after a Pacific handball in the box. Freshman Emily Nowak was given the chance to take the kick, but her shot went high.

Union seemed to get another goal in the 64th minute with junior Abbie Brack putting the ball into the net, but it was flagged for being offsides.

In the 73rd minute, Myers was pulled down in the Union box. She stepped up and converted the penalty kick. Lakebrink got to the ball, but couldn’t deflect it out of the net.

“We’ll live through it and hopefully we won’t make that mistake again,” Fennessey said.

“It was nice to see Kim get a reward for how hard she’s worked,” Dempsey said. “Kim’s been our leader all season long. She’s led us in scoring. She kept going at it. She earned the foul. I don’t think there was any question who was taking the penalty kick once it was called. If I would have called somebody else’s name, she probably would have come over here and strangled me. She’s a good kid. All three of our seniors are going to be missed.”

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S 56, Washington 7

Borgia 42, Cardinal Ritter 6

*Union 55, St. Clair 35

*Sullivan 27, Pacific 10

Owensville 19, Hermann 16

St. James 28, Ash Grove 7

Brentwood 41, Cuba 24

*St. Charles West 49, Warrenton 7

South Callaway 55, Wright City 6

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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