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Posted: Friday, May 4, 2012 8:00 pm

Union’s Bethany Coons continued her big soccer season Wednesday at Washington High School.

Coons scored three goals, including the game-winner with three minutes left to play, to lead the Lady ’Cats to a 3-2 victory over Washington.

The three goals gave Coons 44 on the season, shattering the school record of 34 for a single season. Coons added one goal Thursday against St. James, giving her 45 on the year.

“It’s amazing. It’s fun to watch. You saw it again tonight. She’s a machine,” Union Head Coach Matt Fennessey said of Coons. “It’s a number of things. It’s a combination of her speed, her tenaciousness, her ball control and her ability to read plays. And the list goes on. She’s a great soccer player and a great talent.”

Coons is in a battle for most goals in the St. Louis area with Farmington sophomore Taylor Sancegraw, who has scored 50 goals.

Union (17-2) plays at Farmington in its regular season finale May 10, which also will be the championship game of the Pacific Tournament.

“I didn’t know exactly what to expect from her (Bethany) coming into the season. Having Alyssa (Bethany’s older sister and junior on the team), I had a little bit of an idea of her talent,” Fennessey said. “We talked about her a couple of times. You never know what to believe when you have eighth-graders coming up. It was a great surprise. She’s going to be highly recruited. Her team is helping her get to that point. The team is doing a good job getting her the ball and putting her in positions where she can score.”

All three of Union’s goals came on high passes over the Washington defense, which led to breakaways.

“Union is a good team and Bethany Coons is a very good player,” said Washington Head Coach Chris Lanemann. “We can’t let a player like that get that much open space with the ball. We let her do it three times and she made us pay. Those were Union’s only real chances the entire game. It proves that you can’t let down your guard even once, especially playing a team like Union.”

Alyssa Coons had two assists while Bri Clark added one.

“I told the girls all we had to do was get it over their heads,” Fennessey said. “Washington’s middle play is fantastic. I told them instead of worrying about going through them, let’s go up and over them and attack that away.”

On the game-winning goal in the 77th minute, Washington felt Bethany Coons was offsides after receiving a lob pass from Alyssa Coons.

“It was close. Bethany is good at being right there where she needs to be,” Fennessey said. “I felt like there was a time in the first half where she probably was onside on a break and they called it. That’s the way it goes. It goes 50-50. Some you get and some you don’t.”

Washington (10-12-1) took a 1-0 lead eight minutes into the game when Halee Nurnberger’s shot was deflected into the net by a Union player.

Coons tied the game in the 38th minute, just two minutes remaining until halftime.

“Our game awareness has to be better. Two of Union’s three goals came very late in each half,” Lanemann said. “We have to be better aware of the time and concentrate to make sure we don’t give anything up late.”

The Lady ’Cats grabbed a 2-1 advantage when Coons netted her second goal in the 49th minute on an assist from Clark.

Washington tied the game 2-2 in the 60th minute when Anneliese Baer scored on an assist from Nurnberger.

“Our second goal was a thing of beauty,” Lanemann said. “Anneliese took a pass from Halee and ripped a shot from about 25 yards out. We have been really working on our mids taking shots like that.”

The game appeared to be headed to overtime until Union struck late in regulation.

“I was sweating it because the two games that we’ve gone into overtime, we lost,” Fennessey said. “Both of our losses have been in overtime.”

Union’s Briana Lakebrink and Washington’s Andrea Bourne both played the entire game in goal.

“Andrea had no chance on any of the goals being that they were all breakaways,” Lanemann said.

“Briana always does an honorable job. She doesn’t give up anything weak. So far this year, she’s been solid,” Fennessey said. “Brooke Breeden had to go to stopper and did a fantastic job. Kayla Sitzes played a lot of minutes and did a fantastic job. We had a lot of girls put out a lot of heart and effort. Jordan Thorpe is another one. Kaila AuBuchon wasn’t feeling her best. When it wasn’t all there, the girls gave everything they had.”

Laker Invitational

Union won all three of its games in Camdenton last weekend at the Laker Invitational.

Bethany Coons was the top performer for Union, scoring 11 goals in the three games.

On Friday, Union beat Warrensburg, 7-3.

On Saturday, Union beat Rogers Heritage, 5-1, and Waynesville, 5-2.

In the Warrensburg game, Bethany Coons scored four goals and Thorpe added three.

Bethany Coons, Thorpe, AuBuchon, Alyssa Coons, Brittany Faber and Kayla Thornton each had one assist.

Lakebrink posted seven saves in net.

Against Rogers Heritage, Union jumped out to a 3-0 victory by the half and added two more goals in the final 40 minutes.

Bethany Coons scored three goals while AuBuchon and Kierra Mundt each had one goal.

Abbie Brack, Alicia Brueggemann and Clark each had one assist.

Lakebrink made nine saves in goal.

Against Waynesville, Bethany Coons scored four goals. Clark added the other goal.

Faber posted two assists while Brueggemann and Alyssa Coons each had one.

Lakebrink made eight saves in net.

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Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West 13, Daniel Boone Post 262 8

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 11, Hannibal Post 55 2

Friday, July 25

G3 West 11, St. Charles Post 312 1

G4 Daniel Boone 10, Hannibal 2

Saturday, July 26

G5 Jefferson City 9, West 2

G6 St. Charles 11, Daniel Boone 0

G7 West 6, St. Charles 2

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — West 11, Jefferson City 0

G9 If-Needed Game — Jefferson City 14, West 12

Jefferson City advances to state tournament in Sedalia.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Jackson 3, Springfield Glendale 2

G2 Eureka 7, Sedalia 0

Friday, June 25

G3 Jackson 8, Washington 3

G4 Springfield Glendale 8, Sedalia 3

G5 Jackson 4, Eureka 2

G6 Washington 8, Springfield Glendale 0

Saturday, June 26

G7 Eureka 11, Washington 10 (9 innings)

G8 Championship — Jackson 7, Eureka 6

Jackson advances to Regional Tournament in Leavenworth, Kan.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield 8, St. Peters 3

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian First

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    First

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

*Indicates League Games

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