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Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 10:45 am

It came down to the final penalty kick.

After coming back from being down one goal early and fighting through two 10-minute overtime periods the Union Wildcats were unable to push past Lutheran-St. Charles (3-1), losing 2-1 Monday.

“It’s just one of those games where it’s tough,” Union Head Coach Matt Fennessey said, “just fell short.”

The loss came in Union’s first game of the McCluer Soccer Tournament, which was played at the Union Middle School.

Union’s next game of the tournament is against Hazelwood East at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Union Middle School.

Penalty Kicks

Union’s Dillon Breeden, Tylor Brown and Alex Ciot each scored penalty kicks. Union needed to score its fifth penalty kick to tie and send the game into a second round of PKs, but Andre Ciot’s shot bounced low off the left post.

The Wildcats were outscored 4-3 in penalty kicks. Lutheran-St. Charles’ Nick Polymeropolous was credited with the Cougars’ second goal.

This is the first time that Union has gone to penalty kicks this season.

“It happens to me every year. Every time we go into penalty kicks the first time we’ve never practiced them and then it just happens,” Fennessey said. “I don’t know whether I do that by design or not, but I kind of like it. It just kind of gives a different dimension and it makes the kids think a little bit.

“I think it’s good for them, win or lose, because when it comes down to district time, then if you have to be in that situation they’ve felt the pressure of being in there and taking a kick, for the kids that are going to take a kick, and the goalie has to go in there and face real action on it. It was good.”

Regulation

The Cougars took an early lead, with Jeff Masters hitting a longer shot low in the right corner of the goal in the second minute of the game.

Union’s Nick Schumaker evened the score with 15 minutes left in the first half when he beat the defender and slipped the ball past the goalie. Andrei Ciot was credited with the assist.

The Wildcats had several chances to take the lead in regulation. Multiple balls played in from the wing were cleared out before Union could get a foot on it or get a good shot.

“Lutheran St. Charles is a team that’s pretty evenly matched with us so it was just tough to get back and get that goal,”  Fennessey said. “We had plenty of scoring chances in the first half and the second half. We just were a step behind or a step in front of a lot of those chances and just came up empty on a lot of them.

“The boys were working hard and it’s just tough to lose in penalty kicks after everybody’s worked so hard.”

Although Union scored in the first half, the team’s intensity seemed to pick up after halftime.

“The communication just wasn’t very good and we just needed to communicate with each other better, so that was the big thing that we focused on and not taking plays off and finishing every play,” Fennessey said. “It’s just kind of one of those things where you’ve just got to look at your teammates and just say that ‘I’m going to do it for you,’ and so that’s kind of what I told them. I said, ‘You’ve just got to play a little harder for your teammates and just expect more out of yourself.’ ”

Union was without one of its starters for part of the second half and all of overtime. Nathan Saleniuc rolled his ankle and left the game about halfway through the second half. Fennessey expects he will be unable to play for some time, but is unsure of how long.

“Nathan, he’s one of our starters and he’s a senior, so he would’ve been a big help for us, but Dylan Pich filled in and he did a great job,” Fennessey said. “He’s another senior and he filled in without any letdown or any drop off in play, so that was good.

“Really our defense played pretty well, only allowing the one goal early, but then after that we shut them down pretty well. Tylor Brown did a nice job playing stopper and also Dillon Breeden did a good job. It was good to see. We had good wing play tonight, too. Emmet (Parker) did a nice job, had a couple good crosses in there and almost finished some, too.”

Trey Fink played all 100 minutes in goal for Union and had 12 saves in the loss.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Sept. 19

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

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    7 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    7 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    7 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    7 p.m.

Ash Grove at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Brentwood    7 p.m.

*St. Charles West at Warrenton    7 p.m.

South Callaway at Wright City     7 p.m.

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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