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Posted: Saturday, November 3, 2012 6:32 pm | Updated: 10:31 am, Wed Nov 7, 2012.

By Craig Vonder Haar

Missourian Sports Writer

Controlling possession of the ball for most of the game and capitalizing on opportunities led to a district soccer championship for Borgia.

Playing in the championship game of the Class 2 District 9 Tournament Tuesday at Borgia, the top-seeded Knights knocked off third-seeded Union, 5-0.

Borgia’s official overall record is 4-14, but was 15-3 in actual contests on the field.

The Knights had to forfeit all of their matches, except the first two of the season and the two district games, due to having an ineligible player that was caught prior to the district tournament.

Leading 3-0 at halftime, Borgia put the game away against Union with a pair of second-half goals.

“It’s a great accomplishment. We’ve been talking about this game all season. It’s been what we’ve been working toward,” said Borgia Head Coach Grant Kang. “We’ve been very serious coming into the game. We’ve been paying attention to things like curfew and proper hydration and nutrition to provide a great performance.”

Borgia’s ball control was the difference in the game.

“That’s exactly what they did. We game planned for that. Even when you game plan for it, you can’t stop every one of the passes they make,” said Union Head Coach Matt Fennessey. “They found the holes and that’s what good teams will do to you. The credit goes to them for having a great game plan.”

And the Knights executed their game plan.

“We just tried to continue working on what we’ve been doing all season, which is playing the ball around to our teammates,” Kang said. “It was nice that at the end of the season, we were able to put together what we’ve been working on all season and trying to maintain our possession.”

Sectional Match

Borgia will take on Rolla (23-4) Tuesday at the Kiwanas Soccer Field located at the Bray Sports Complex on the campus of Rolla High School.

The Bulldogs defeated Helias 3-2 to win the District 10 crown.

“It’s going to be really tough,” Kang said. “In the state coaches poll, Rolla is ranked higher than us, so we will be considered an underdog.”

The sectional match will kick off at 6 p.m. Admission is $6 for those ages 6 and older.

The field can be reached by taking the U.S. 63 exit south through town. Turn left at 10th Street (the Gale Bullman facility at Missouri Science & Technology is at that same intersection) and drive to the high school campus. The soccer field is located next to the football stadium.

“We’re going to need to convert our shot opportunities to goals,” Kang said. “We had some misses (against Union). In a tight game, we may not get more than one or two opportunities to score. We have to increase our finishing percentage on some shots.”

Overall, Kang likes the way the Knights are playing.

“I like how our team is playing unselfishly. I like how we’re communicating. We’re keeping our composure under pressure,” Kang said. “Those are all things that as we move forward, those smaller things might end up being difference makers.”

Game Summary

Borgia forward Jake Erwin scored a pair of unassisted goals in the first 10 minutes of the game against Union to give the Knights a 2-0 lead.

“It was important for us to put some points on the board and even more importantly, try to dig down after those scores and try to prevent a surge by Union,” Kang said. “They absolutely did their best to try to get those equalizers and surge back. They worked very hard, which is characteristic of a Matt Fennessey team.”

Borgia increased its lead to 3-0 in the 36th minute when Kevin Birk scored on an assist from Ben Kang.

The Knights led 3-0 at halftime.

Jordan Miller netted a pair of goals in the second half, the first in the 44th minute followed by another in the 59th minute.

Erwin and Zach Schweissguth were credited with the assists.

Joe Scheuler registered the shutout in goal.

Dillen Myers played all 80 minutes in goal for the Wildcats.

“Our defense has been very solid,” Kang said. “We’ve had three different people play sweeper this year. All of those guys know each other well and work as a team no matter what slot anyone is in.”

Union Recap

The Wildcats (13-11) started and ended their season with a loss at Borgia.

In between, Fennessey was pleased with the team’s overall effort.

“This is where we expected to be. When we set out our season goals at the beginning of the year, we wanted to be in the district final game. We knew it would be a tough road against Borgia,” Fennessey said. “As far as disappointments, not really. We’re happy for the boys. They did a lot of great things this year. We took third place in the McCluer Tournament, our JV got first place in their tournament, we won the conference and got second place in districts. It’s been a successful year. The boys deserve credit because they did a lot of learning from the first game of the year when we lost 7-0 to Borgia. We’ve come a long way. We’re happy.

“We had 10 total seniors and eight who were playing. It was a lot of help to have that senior leadership. Guys like Jordan Nowak, Nathan McKinney, Dillen Myers, we’ve had some solid leadership from those guys.”

The future looks promising for the Wildcats.

“We’re going to go back to the drawing board, put in some time and work it out in the offseason. We’ll be ready for next season,” Fennessey said. “We have some kids coming back. The Ciot brothers (Alex and Andrei), our sweeper Dillon Breeden, Nick Schumaker, all will be back. We have a number of varsity kids who will be back and who got varsity experience this year. We’ll have to fill some holes, but we’ll do our best when our time comes.”


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 at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

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

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

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

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

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

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

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 vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

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