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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

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Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

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.

Wrestling

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

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