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Posted: Friday, May 25, 2012 2:00 pm

Four minutes.

It’s not a long time, but for the Union soccer Lady ’Cats (21-4), that’s how long it took to end one of the most successful seasons in program history.

St. Dominic (25-2) needed just under four minutes to score what turned out to be the game-winning goal from the opening of Tuesday’s MSHSAA Class 2 sectional in O’Fallon.

And the Lady Crusaders needed just four minutes in the second half to put the game out of reach in the 6-0 victory.

“We slowed down and got our heads down when they got that second goal and it was four goals in four minutes,” Union Head Coach Matt Fennessey said. “It’s over at that point. The girls knew that. They’re the No. 1 team in the state and I don’t think anyone is going to beat them in Class 2. They’re that talented. Watching them is fun. It was a successful year for Union. Any time we can win our district is a good year.”

St. Dominic showed why many consider the team the favorite to win the Class 2 state championship this season. The Lady Crusaders moved quickly, using speed and ball movement to keep Union chasing for most of the game. Using a mix of crisp one-touch play and short passes, St. Dominic was able to move into attacking position time after time.

“We went and watched them last Friday and it’s the best team I’ve seen up to this point since I’ve been coaching in girls soccer,” Fennessey said about scouting St. Dominic. “With their ball movement, passing, the ability to play other positions and adjust as the play goes on, they are incredible. They continued to do it again tonight. We thought we had a pretty good game plan coming into the game. They scored early and shattered everything we were thinking. St. Dominic probably is the best team I’ve ever seen in girls soccer. I hope they go on and win. If you’re going to lose, you might as well lose to the state champions.”

Pressure stayed in the Union defensive end much of the game, forcing junior goalkeeper Briana Lakebrink to make many big saves just to keep the game close through the first half.

“Everything they were getting was inside the box and at point-blank range in the first half,” Fennessey said. “She was making some up close and personal saves. She kept us in it. It was all her fault we were in that game going into the second half.”

Offensively, Union was able to break out a few times in the game. Union earned one corner kick and forced St. Dominic’s goalkeeper, sophomore Megan Swanson, to have to handle the ball a few times.

“We had one or two chances, but we really didn’t test their goalkeeper at all,” Fennessey said. “I think she had a couple of saves on balls we rolled to her. We didn’t get much on net. It was really difficult to get something going. When we needed two or three touches, we only got one. They were there that fast. Everybody on their team was that fast. It was tough to get anything going. They, by far, were the best team we’ve played this year.”

St. Dominic set the tone early in the game. Junior Brianne Ebenworth scored with sophomore Molly Ream earning the assist at the 3:49 mark.

But, despite pressuring the Union goal for most of the rest of the half, that was all St. Dominic managed before the intermission.

Lakebrink did what she could to keep Union in the game, making several saves in the first half and then pushing the ball off the post just 2:20 into the second half. But the onslaught was far from over.

“She played out of her mind,” Fennessey said. “It’s never fun to say your goalie played awesome and six goals were scored on you, but that’s what happened tonight. She did a great job. She had one bad arm. She hurt her wrist earlier this week, but she was out there and she gave it everything she had. You couldn’t tell that she was injured. I was exceptionally happy with the job she did tonight.”

In just under four minutes, the Lady Crusaders netted four goals to put the game out of reach. Starting at the 43:58 mark and running to the 47:54 mark, St. Dominic put the ball into the back of the Union goal four times to take a 5-0 lead.

Junior Kristin Wolff scored at the 43:58 mark, just under four minutes into the second half, with senior Danielle Hartnett assisting to make it 2-0.

A little over a minute later, at the 45:17 mark, junior Cristina Rodriguez blasted a ball under the crossbar. Lakebrink got hands on the ball, but could not stop it. Sophomore Sydni Young assisted on the play.

At the 46:53 mark, junior Emily Monroe ripped a shot from the right side to make it 4-0. Wolff assisted on the goal.

Monroe, St. Dominic’s top scorer this season, showed she didn’t need much room to shoot, scoring after taking a pass and turning in the middle of the attacking zone at the 47:54 mark. Ebenroth assisted on the goal.

So, in just under four minutes, St. Dominic turned a close 1-0 game into a 5-0 rout.

And the Lady Crusaders weren’t done. Two seconds past the hour mark, junior Brittany Marino pounced on a rebound and scored to make it 6-0.

Union graduates four seniors, midfielders Brittany Faber, Kayla Sitzes and Courtney Groves and defender Brooke Breeden.

“We accomplished a lot this year,” Fennessey said. “While it’s never easy to lose a 6-0 game you want to win, the better team won tonight.”

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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 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.

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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