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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

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

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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