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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.


Area Scoreboard

Area Sports Schedules

Friday, April 10

Warrenton 12, St. Clair 11 (11 innings)

*Ft. Zumwalt North 10, Washington 4

*Ft. Zumwalt North 3, Washington 2

Saturday, April 11

Borgia 14, St. Clair 0

Crosspoint at Christian Fellowship    1 p.m.

Monday, April 13

Borgia 2, Union 1

Pacific 7, Washington 0

St. Clair at North County, PPD

Hermann 8, New Haven 5

Tuesday, April 14

*Borgia 10, Duchesne 7

*Pacific 5, Owensville 0

Union 4, St. Louis Patriots 3

St. Clair 8, Cuba 7

Liberty Christian at Crosspoint    5 p.m.

New Haven at South Callaway    5 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15

Pacific 9, Jefferson City 8

Thursday, April 16

Borgia 5, Washington 1

*Union 5, Hermann 0

*St. Clair 9, St. James 6 (8 innings)

*Pacific 14, New Haven 4

Friday, April 17

Crosspoint at Lighthouse Prep    4:30 p.m.

Monday, April 20

O’Fallon Christian 5, Borgia 3

*Union 11, Owensville 0

*Pacific 13, St. James 3

Tuesday, April 21

*Holt 1, Washington 0

Salem 8, St. Clair 0

Wednesday, April 22

*Holt 8, Washington 7

Borgia 23, Trinity 0

Farmington 5, Union 3 (11 innings)

*Pacific 10, Sullivan 9 (8 innings)

Thursday, April 23

CAGSL at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific 4, St. Clair 2

Friday, April 24

Washington at St. Charles (DH)    4:30 p.m.

Patriots at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Saturday, April 25

Washington at Chaminade (DH)    10 a.m.

Borgia at Fatima    noon

Monday, April 27

*Union at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 28

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    4:30 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    4:30 p.m.

Belle at New Haven    5 p.m.

Wednesday, April 29

*Ft. Zumwalt E at Washington    4:30 p.m.

Bourbon at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 30

Cuba at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at MCSAA Tny    TBA

Girls Soccer

Friday, April 10

St. Clair 2, Fatima 0

Pacific 3, St. Vincent 2 (Windsor Tny 3rd Place)

Union 2, Seckman 1 (Windsor Tny Championship)

Saturday, April 11

Borgia 3, Pacific 0

Monday, April 13

Borgia 1, Washington 0

*Union 10, St. James 0

St. Clair 2, Maplewood 1 (Hillsboro Tny)

Holt 4, Pacific 1 (Troy Tny)

Tuesday, April 14

*Ft. Zumwalt E 3, Washington 1

*Rosati-Kain 2, Borgia 0

Perryville 5, St. Clair 0 (Hillsboro Tny)

Pacific at Troy Tny    TBA

Wednesday, April 15

Union 1, Rolla 0

Pacific at Troy Tny    TBA

Thursday, April 16

*Ft. Zumwalt S 2, Washington 0

O’Fallon Christian 2, Borgia 0

Union 10, North County 0

Clayton 4, Pacific 1 (Troy Tny)

Friday, April 17

St. Pius 3, Borgia 0

St. Clair 6, De Soto 1 (Hillsboro Tny)

Saturday, April 18

Union 5, Washington 0

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

Monday, April 20

Ladue 2, Union 0

*Pacific 11, St. James 1

Tuesday, April 21

*Ft. Zumwalt N 3, Washington 1

Hillsboro 2, St. Clair 1

*Union 7, Sullivan 1

Borgia 2, Trinity 1 OT

Wednesday, April 22

Lindbergh 4, Pacific 0

St. Charles 5, Washington 0

Incarnate Word 3, Union 1

Duchesne 2, Borgia 1

Thursday, April 23

Warrenton at Washington, PPD

Pacific 9, De Soto 0

Borgia 4, St. Clair 0

Friday, April 24

Parkway Central at Pacific    4 p.m.

*Sullivan at St. Clair    5 p.m.

Monday, April 27

Washington, Union at CYC Tny    TBA

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Tuesday, April 28

Pacific at Hillsboro    5 p.m.

Washington, Union at CYC Tny    TBA

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Wednesday, April 29

Washington, Union at CYC Tny    TBA

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Thursday, April 30

Washington, Union at CYC Tny    TBA

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Boys Golf

Friday, April 10

Sullivan Tny—Sullivan Black 228, Owensville 252, Pacific 255, Hermann 275, St. Clair 290, Union 302, Sullivan Gold 308, St. James 315, Potosi 317. (Medalist P. Weiskopf/Juergens, Sullivan Black)

Monday, April 13

*Pacific 171, St. Clair 186

*St. James/Hermann at Union    4 p.m.

Tuesday, April 14

*Washington 165,  Ft. Zumwalt East 182

Wednesday, April 15

*Union at Sullivan    4 p.m.

Pacific Meet    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 16

Washington at Bulldog Battle    8 a.m.

Warrenton Inv    9 a.m.

Monday, April 20

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Tuesday, April 21

St. James Tny    8 a.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 22

Warrenton at Washington    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 23

Kennedy at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at St. James    3:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    4 p.m.

Monday, April 27

FRC Meet    TBA

Tuesday, April 28

Borgia at Trinity    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 29

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA


Tuesday, April 14

Union Relays    TBA

Friday, April 17

Pacific at Farmington Inv    2:30 p.m.

New Haven at Cuba Relays    3:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 18

Washington at Kirkwood Inv    9 a.m.

Tuesday, April 21

Nix Relays

Boys — Timberland 132, Rolla 96, Owensville 89, Pacific 58.5, Sullivan 47.5, Warrenton 47, Union 46.5, St. Clair 39.5, Washington 38, St. Dominic 26, Borgia 17.

Girls — Rockwood Summit 85, Timberland 81, Union 66.5, Rolla 62, Sullivan 60, St. Clair 59, Pacific 54, Washington 50.5, Parkway West 40, Owensville 37, Warrenton 17.5, Borgia 13.5.

Friday, April 24

Owensville Relays    4 p.m.

Pacific at De Soto    4 p.m.

Union at Cape Central Relays    TBA

St. Clair at Potosi Inv    TBA

Saturday, April 25

Washington at Brusca/Strohbach Inv    9 a.m.

Union at Cape Central Relays    TBA

Tuesday, April 28

Borgia at Troy Inv    3:30 p.m.

Pacific at Lutheran SC    4 p.m.

Hermann Relays    4 p.m.

Boys Volleyball

Saturday, April 11

Cape Notre Dame def. Borgia, 25-15, 25-15

Monday, April 13

Fox def. Borgia, 25-17, 25-14

Tuesday, April 14

*O’Fallon Christian def. Borgia, 25-17, 26-28, 25-23

Thursday, April 16

*St. Mary’s at Borgia (Grade School)    5 p.m.-ppd

Friday, April 17

Borgia at Illinois Tournament    TBA

Saturday, April 18

Borgia at Illinois Tournament    TBA

Monday, April 20

*St. Mary's def. Borgia, 25-18, 25-15

Tuesday, April 21

Borgia def. Bayless, 25-14, 25-18

Thursday, April 23

*Borgia def. Duchesne, 17-25, 25-13, 25-18

Tuesday, April 28

*Borgia at St. Dominic    TBA

Thursday, April 30

*DuBourg at Borgia    5 p.m.

College Softball

Friday, April 10

Lincoln Land at ECC    PPD

Sunday, April 12

*Three Rivers 6, ECC 2

*ECC 5, Three Rivers 3

Monday, April 13

Central Methodist JV at ECC    2 p.m.

Tuesday, April 14

*Three Rivers 9, ECC 6

*Three Rivers 5, ECC 0

Thursday, April 16

*St. Louis 4, ECC 3

*ECC 4, St. Louis 3

Friday, April 17

ECC 8, Missouri Valley JV 0

ECC 9, Missouri Valley JV 1

Monday, April 20

*ECC 15, St. Charles 2

*St. Charles 5, ECC 4

Tuesday, April 21

*Jefferson 3, ECC 2

*Jefferson 4, ECC 3

Thursday, April 23

*ECC 5, Mineral Area College 3

*Mineral Area College 4, ECC 2

Region 16 Tournament, Kirkwood

Friday, May 1

G1 (1) Mineral Area vs. (4) Cottey, 10 a.m.

G2 (2) St. Louis vs. (3) ECC, noon

G3 G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 2 p.m.

G4 G1 winner vs. G2 winner, 4 p.m.

Saturday, May 2

G5 G3 winner vs. G4 loser, 10 a.m.

G6 G4 winner vs. G5 winner, noon

G7 — If-needed game, 2 p.m.

*Conference Games