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Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 1:00 pm

Defending Four Rivers Conference girls soccer champion Union proved it’s ready for the new campaign Monday.

The Lady ’Cats opened the 2013 season with a dominating Four Rivers Conference victory at St. Clair (0-3-1), 8-0.

“I was happy with the way the girls played,” Union Head Coach Matt Fennessey said. “They played good, they played hard and it was fun to finally get out and play against some competition. Three weeks of practice gets long. It’s nice to see them run around and play against some competition.”

St. Clair started last weekend at the Warrenton Tournament.

“It’s our fourth game of the season,” St. Clair Head Coach Ted Koenigsfeld said. “We had a long weekend at Warrenton. We anticipated Union playing strong and made some adjustments to the lineup to counter that. They’re a strong team. I’m not disappointed in how we played. We came out and measured success in doing little things. We learned from the weekend and applied it here.

The game, originally scheduled to be played at Union, was switched to St. Clair’s turf field after heavy weekend rain.

Sisters Alyssa and Bethany Coons each scored hat tricks for Union in the game while Bri Clark and Taylor Gaebe also found the net for the Lady ’Cats.

While the score was one-sided, it could have been worse. St. Clair goalkeeper Sam Deason made a number of key saves which kept Union from adding to the final total.

“She sure did keep us in the game,” Koenigsfeld said. “She’s being very strong back there. She’s really doing a good job of keeping her head in the game. She’s matured a lot from last year. I’ve really been impressed with her play both at Warrenton and here tonight.”

Fennessey agreed.

“Sam played a great game,” Fennessey said. “I told the girls that we had a lot of shots, but she seemed to be at the right spot at the right time. She played a really nice game.”

Defensively, Union didn’t face much pressure from St. Clair. The Lady ’Cats emphasized control and moved the ball around crisply. Union’s back four mainly served in possession to switch fields and feed the wingbacks, who frequently started the offense with forays up the flanks.

“I thought Emily Nowak played a real solid game getting forward with the ball and being dangerous in the offensive end,” Fennessey said. “Alicia Brueggemann and Abbie Brack did a nice job in the center back spots and squashed any chances.”

Union goalkeeper Brianna Lakebrink posted the shutout but rarely touched the ball.

Both teams were back in action Tuesday. Union visits Borgia with JV action opening the day at 5 p.m. St. Clair played another Four Rivers Conference match, hosting Pacific with varsity action at 5 p.m.

St. Clair plays Wednesday at Borgia while Union visits North County. JV action at both venues starts at 5 p.m.

Monday Match

Looking to stay ahead of the schedule, the athletic directors agreed to switch the venues for their two league matches to keep things on track. While muddy off of the turf, the St. Clair pitch was in perfect condition for the match.

Union took advantage of the smooth turf to run a possession game while probing the St. Clair defense for weaknesses.

Clark scored Union’s first goal early in the game with Bethany Coons drawing the assist.

But Union was frustrated for a bit until Bethany Coons scored after a throw-in from the right side in the 17th minute. Natalie Helling assisted the goal.

Union continued to pressure the St. Clair net, but Deason kept the ball out of goal until Alyssa Coons scored in the 30th minute by moving the ball up the middle. Clark assisted on the play.

Alyssa Coons scored her second goal in the 35th minute. Clark made a pass up the middle and Kaila AuBuchon was credited with the assist.

Union held that 4-0 advantage at the break.

In the 48th minute, Alyssa Coons completed her hat trick by staying with a loose ball. Deason made the initial save and seemed to grab it just prior to it going over the line, but never could completely control it.

Alyssa Coons tapped it in for the goal. Bethany Coons was credited with an assist by the statisticians.

In the 55th minute, Gaebe netted her first high school goal with a header inside the far post. Kaylyn Bigley assisted on the goal.

In the 69th minute, Bethany Coons scored after moving through the middle of the field. Alyssa Coons assisted on the marker.

Bethany Coons capped scoring just over a minute later, taking a cross from AuBuchon to hit the back of the net and close the scoring.


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


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 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

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

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

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 62, Sullivan 35

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


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