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Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012 7:00 pm

Union freshman Bethany Coons blasted in a golden goal in the 87th minute Wednesday to lift the Union soccer Lady ’Cats to the Class 2 District 7 championship over top-seeded Borgia in Sullivan, 2-1.

“I’m very proud of our team,” Union Head Coach Matt Fennessey said. “They battled through everything in this game and came out ahead of it. They fought hard. Hat’s off to Borgia. They didn’t give us an inch the whole game.”

Borgia Head Coach Jeff Hill said Union took advantage when it had the chances.

“Give The Union Lady ’Cats credit, they didn’t give up and they finished when they had the chance,” Hill said. “Good luck to them and I hope they go all the way.”

Union (21-3) advances to face the winner of Friday’s District 8 championship between St. Dominic (20-2) and St. Charles West (8-12).

The sectional game will be played at the District 8 winner’s home field Tuesday.

“They’re going to be good, but right now I think we can play with anybody,” Fennessey said.

“I think we played better as a team tonight than we have in the past,” Union sophomore Kaila AuBuchon said. “I think tonight was one of our better games. I think we can do it if we keep playing like we did tonight.”

The game-winning goal came after Union worked the ball in with three players as junior Alyssa Coons had to move right to take a pass.

Alyssa Coons passed the ball to the middle for sophomore Kayla Thornton, who deflected it over to an open Bethany Coons.

It was the 55th goal of the season for Coons, who also assisted on Union’s first goal.

“It (the goal) actually looked pretty big because I was right there,” Bethany Coons said. “I was glad it went in. “I was marked the whole game. I’m just glad I wasn’t there. I had an open shot.”

Fennessey said good teamwork produced the goal.

“It’s a team game,” Fennessey said. “The buildup was perfect because I think there were about six passes right in a row which led to that. If Kayla Thornton doesn’t make that near-post run and make Mackenzie honor her, Bethany’s not wide open there. It was great. It was awesome. I’m very proud of the team.

As had been the case in the first meeting early in the season, the two teams were very evenly matched.

Both squads had scoring chances, but nobody broke through until Borgia sophomore Emily Grahl scored at the 58:38 mark after taking the ball up the middle and then moving left. Her shot on the ground bounced in off the right post.

“Defensively, we played outstanding,” Fennessey said. “Holding Emily to one goal is a tough feat.”

That brought a flurry of activity from both teams and the Lady ’Cats flowed the offense through Bethany Coons. In the 66th minute, she headed a pass from Alyssa Coons just wide of the left post.

Union junior goalkeeper Briana Lakebrink made a huge save on another Grahl shot at the 72:34 mark.

“Briana Lakebrink made a fantastic save to keep us in the game,” Fennessey said. “I’m so proud of her because she’s new to this and she made a big save at a big moment. I’m really proud of her and the job she did.”

That save proved to be huge a couple of minutes later.

“We had them beat but we didn’t finish them off,” said Hill. “We had a couple of great chances to score when we were leading 1-0, and either missed the goal, shot it right at their goalie, or their goalie came up big with a couple of stupendous saves.”

At the 74:11 mark, Union drew level. Senior Brittany Faber took a corner kick and Bethany Coons headed it onto the goal from inside the box. The ball bounced around before AuBuchon knocked it past Borgia senior goalkeeper Mackenzie Haddox to bring it even at 1-1.

“If Kaila AuBuchon is not standing there in the right place, that ball goes wide and we lose, 1-0,” Fennessey said.

“I don’t know. I was just on that back post and it just went in,” said AuBuchon. “I guess it was just luck. I think I just got lucky and it hit. I guess I was in the right place at the right time.”

“Matt made some good decisions and it worked out for them,” Hill said. “The coaches can make adjustments, but the players have to make plays and their players made the plays and ours didn’t.”

In the overtime, both goalkeepers were tested. Less than a minute into the first sudden-victory period, Bethany Coons split the defense, but shot high. Grahl forced Lakebrink to make a save on the other end.

And that’s how it stood until Bethany Coons found her shot and buried the game winner.

Borgia graduates nine seniors, Kate Biermann, Mary Catherine Cook, Jessica Diermann, Mackenzie Haddox, Jodi Hellebusch, Nicole Holzem, Ana Ratcliff, Brittany Walsh and Katie Willenbrink.

“We will miss our seniors,” Hill said. “They were the best class of seniors I’ve ever coached and they were not only great players, but great leaders and ultimate team players. But our future is bright as we had 11 underclassmen on the varsity roster and several JV players that are ready to contribute on the varsity level.”

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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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