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Posted: Friday, October 12, 2012 6:45 pm

Union took the upper hand in the Four Rivers Conference soccer race with wins this week over Pacific and St. Clair.

The Wildcats (8-4, 4-0) defeated Pacific (10-6, 3-1), 2-1 Tuesday, and St. Clair (5-11, 0-4), 1-0, Thursday.

“Pacific is a well-coached team that gave us a great game,” Union Head Coach Matt Fennessey said.

“It was a typical Union/Pacific matchup,” Pacific Head Coach Todd Dempsey said. “It was tight throughout and a really competitive, hard fought game. Union had the better play in the first half for sure. They really controlled things from the start but I felt like we were able to come back and get into the game.”

The Wildcats still have a home game against Sullivan and a road game at Pacific remaining in league play.

“This potential sets up a huge game for us next week against Pacific,” Fennessey said.

“If things go as they have in years past, there will be a lot on the line next week when we meet up again,” said Dempsey.

In Tuesday’s game, the Wildcats took the lead just before the intermission on a goal by Andrei Ciot.

Nathan McKinney scored for the Wildcats in the second half.

“We were lucky to get some timely goals by Andrei in the first half and Nathan in the second half,” Fennessey said. “We had some great chances to score getting to the baseline with some nice balls played across. Pacific’s goal keeper made a couple point blank stops that were great saves.”

Todd D’Aquila scored for Pacific.

“Todd was able to receive a pass from Tyler McDonald and beat three or four defenders in succession and put a shot in the far corner of the goal,” Dempsey said. “It was one of the best goals I’ve seen in a while but it was just too little too late.”

Fennessey agreed that it was a great goal.

“Todd then beat four of our players and scored the best goal I have seen this year,” Fennessey said. “It was a perfectly placed ball in the upper 90. From that point we did just enough to hang on.”

Assisting for Union was Nathan McKinney while Tyler McDonald assisted for Pacific.

Dillen Myers made nine saves in goal for Union while Mike Stinson stopped six shots for the Indians.

“Union’s defenders closed on our forwards and midfielders so quickly though that we couldn’t connect on our passes without turning the ball over,” Dempsey said.

Union-St. Clair

Union continued its unbeaten run with a 1-0 win Thursday at St. Clair.

The game was scoreless at halftime.

Nathan Saleniuc scored Union’s goal while Alex Ciot assisted. Myers made three saves in net to record the shutout.

“We played one of our better games of the season. Union always puts together a good team,” said St. Clair Head Coach Ted Koenigsfeld. “Our defenders and midfielders had an exceptional game. They communicated well and did an outstanding job executing.”

Reno Jones was in goal for St. Clair.

Pacific-Sullivan

Pacific remained in contention for the league title Thursday with a 6-2 win at Sullivan.

D’Aquila had three goals and two assists for the Indians.

Tristan Moore added two goals. Alex Carlisle scored one goal.

Jeremy Hardcastle registered three assists. Brendan Gentry had one assist.

Mike Stinson played the first 60 minutes in goal. Logan Armstrong took over the final 20 minutes.

St. Clair-Sullivan

St. Clair lost Tuesday at Sullivan in a game that was decided by penalty kicks, 3-2.

Jacob Meisel scored both of the Bulldogs’ goals during regulation on penalty kicks.

During the shootout, Meisel, Spencer Crumbaugh and Tanner Wideman scored, but it wasn’t enough.

Jones played the entire game in goal, collecting 12 saves.

“It was a competitive game, but we could have played better,” Koenigsfeld said. “Defensively, we didn’t play as well as we have in past games.”

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Area Sports Schedule

Baseball

Monday, April 14

Washington at Pacific, PPD

North County at St. Clair, PPD

Union 5, Waynesville 3

Tuesday, April 15

Borgia 4, Washington 2

Cuba 7, St. Clair 1

*Pacific 14, Owensville 0

Wednesday, April 16

Borgia 11, Kennedy 1

Lutheran S 6, Washington 0

Thursday, April 17

*Union 11, Owensville 1

*New Haven 5, St. Clair 4

*Pacific 5, St. James 4

Saturday, April 19

Washington 5, Union 1

Girls Soccer

Monday, April 14

Washington 5, Borgia 3

*Union 12, St. James 0

*Sullivan 1, Owensville 0 (2 OT)

Tuesday, April 15

*Washington 2, Ft. Zumwalt East 0

*Union 10, Owensville 0

Thursday, April 17

*Washington 2, Ft. Zumwalt S 1 (PKs)

Union 10, North County 0

St. Clair 3, Maplewood 1 (Hillsboro Tny)

Friday, April 18

Washington 2, Sullivan 1

Ritenour 2, St. Clair 0 (Hillsboro Tny)

Saturday, April 19

Cape Girardeau Central 3, St. Clair 2 (Hillsboro Tny)

Golf

Monday, April 14

*Washington 176, Holt 179 (medalist W-B. Carpenter 42)

Tuesday, April 15

Borgia 209, Kennedy 250 (medalist B-C. Voss 35)

*Pacific/Sullivan at St. Clair, 4 p.m.

*Hermann at Union, 4 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16

Wash at FZS Tny, TBA

Thursday, April 17

Warrenton Tny, 8 a.m.

Track and Field

Tuesday, April 15

Union Relays (Winners: B-Potosi 101; G-Washington 119)

Saturday, April 19

Washington at Kirkwood    TBA

Boys Volleyball

Wednesday, April 9

Duchesne def. Borgia, 25-19, 25-16

Thursday, April 10

Seckman def. Borgia, 25-15, 21-25, 25-13

College Softball

Wednesday, April 16

*ECC split with St. Charles

Thursday, April 17

*ECC split with St. Louis

*Conference Games

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