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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013 8:00 pm | Updated: 8:09 am, Wed May 22, 2013.

Methodical finishing proved to be the difference Wednesday as the Union soccer Lady ’Cats rolled to a 5-0 win over host Borgia to win the Class 2 District 9 championship.

Union (17-5) scored twice in the first half and three times in the second while recording the clean sheet against Borgia (7-12).

“It feels really good to go back-to-back with district championships,” Union Head Coach Matt Fennessey said. “I’m real proud of the girls and the job they did to get to this point.”

Borgia Head Coach Grant Kang said Borgia achieved one of its goals by playing in the title contest.

“We were very glad to make it to the final,” Kang said. “Playing in the district finals was one of our goals for the season.”

Sophomores Bethany Coons and Bri Clark each scored twice while freshman Taylor Gaebe netted the game-winning goal in the third minute.

Sectional Preview

Union will host the Class 2 sectional match Tuesday at 6 p.m. The opponent will be Helias, a 1-0 winner over Rolla Thursday in the District 10 championship match.

“Helias is another formidable opponent,” Fennessey said. “There are only 16 teams left. There are no chumps left. It’s just a matter of who you draw.”

The match could be the final one played with the Lady ’Cats calling Union Middle School home. Work will start on a new turf field at Stierberger Stadium later this month and plans call for the Union soccer teams to move to the high school facility.

“It looks like it will be the last game there,” Fennessey said. “We talked about it after the Farmington game. We want to leave that field with a win. We were let down then by not getting the win. Now, we have another chance to go ahead and get that win for all the alumni and the school. That field has given so many people so many memories. It would be nice to get a win in its last game.”

The only way Union would be able to host a quarterfinal game May 25 would be if it wins the sectional and the District 11 champion (Willard and Republic play Friday for the title at 3 p.m.) defeats Carl Junction in the other sectional.

“We’re going to be able to go through our normal routine and have more fans there,” Fennessey said. “The last sectional game we played there was with the boys against Clayton. It’s nice to have another home game there.”

District Game

Union’s win over Borgia was the second of the season for the Lady ’Cats, who beat Borgia 6-0 in the second game of the season.

“We knew they were going to be tougher,” Fennessey said. With their conference and their schedule, they have no choice but to get better. They play a really tough schedule. The girls just stuck with our game plan and did a really good job of that. We limited their offensive chances, got the ball wide where we wanted it and got into one-on-one situations with Taylor Gaebe and Kaylyn Bigley.”

While the score was similar to the first game, the contest had a much different pace.

“I’m real proud of the performances,” Fennessey said. “Marissa Groves shut down Emily Grahl and really limited her chances. Bri Clark and Bethany came up big with two goals apiece. Overall, it was a great team game.”

Union scored twice in the first half Wednesday, opposed to four first-half goals in the game earlier in the season.

Gaebe netted the opening goal 2:56 into the game. Gaebe broke up the middle and beat Borgia senior goalkeeper Emily Sisco to the left.

“That took a lot of weight off,” Fennessey said. “Prior to that, they were in our end. If they get one in, you never know how the game’s going to go forward from that point. That was our first offensive chance. Taylor did a great job sticking with the play, getting the turnover and taking it on herself. That’s the kind of effort we needed from everyone on the field. Taylor got us started on the right foot.”

The second goal came on a breakaway by Coons in the 12-minute. She was able to beat the defense after taking a long pass up the middle and put it past the charging Sisco.

“We talked about that,” Fennessey said. “The ball was played back to Kayla Thornton, who sent a through ball to Bethany. We practice that. We were efficient in the way we did it and when you give Bethany goal scoring chances, she’s going to put it away.”

That’s how the half ended.

“It was a close game at the half,” Fennessey said. “That’s a bad lead. You’ve got to respect 2-0 because there is the possibility that if they score an early goal to start the second half, the momentum could change.”

While Borgia did not score, it had some highlights. The Lady Knights had their best shot in the second half with one being fired off the crossbar.

“Some people might measure their progress with the score of the game,” Kang said. “I like to measure our progress by the quality of play in the game. I felt we were able to show some periods of the game where we could possess the ball. We didn’t show that in our first meeting at all. I think we showed improvement in our ability to keep the ball over the course of the season and it showed today. Our score was better the second time around. I actually was more pleased with the improvement in the quality of possession.”

But Union controlled the game by that time.

In the 48th minute, Clark scored on a header, the first of two Union set-piece goals.

“It was big when Clark got that goal,” Fennessey said. “We were able to keep that pressure on them and keep going the right way.”

Clark made it 4-0 on a shot in the 54th minute, placing her shot high into the Borgia goal.

The final goal came in the 63rd minute as Coons headed the ball into the net off a set-piece play.

“We’re going to live and die with the balls we play out to the wings and the chances we get across the front of the net,” Fennessey said. “We did a really good job at it tonight. It just wasn’t one player or one side which did it. We did a good job of using both sides of the field and getting the ball to the middle of the field.”

Kang said Union took advantage on the set-piece plays.

“They did a really nice job on their set plays. They were really aggressive to the ball and they were rewarded quite a bit.”

Lakebrink ended with the shutout.

“You can’t say enough about our defense and how they preserved the shutout,” Fennessey said. “Alicia Brueggemann played a heck of a game and Lakebrink came up big when she was needed.”

Borgia has four players graduate from this team. Sisco, Jenna Hellebusch, Addy Brinkmann and Madison Wehking played their final high school match Wednesday.

“They were great to have all season,” Kang said. “They are great players and great people. It’s been a privilege to have them on the team this year.”

The game between Union and Borgia marked the fourth year in a row the two sides had met in the district tournament and third year in a row they had played for a championship.

• In 2012, Union defeated Borgia in overtime to win the Class 2 District 7 event at Sullivan, 2-1.

• In 2011, Borgia posted a 2-0 victory at St. Clair to advance from Class 2 District 7.

In 2010, the teams were in a much larger district, but still played each other.

• In 2010, Union beat Borgia in the Class 2 District 2 semifinals at Hillsboro, 1-0. Union lost to St. Louis Notre Dame in the title match, 4-1.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Softball

Monday, Sept. 8

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    4:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Windsor    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Van-Far    4:30 p.m.

*Union at New Haven, 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

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

*St. James at Union    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*New Haven at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Borgia at Trinity    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

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

*Union at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Sullivan at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*New Haven at St. James    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

Washington at Howell C Tny    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 13

Cuba Tournament    TBA

Washington at Howell C Tny    TBA

Pacific at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 15

Silex at Union    4:30 p.m.

Potosi at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Wellsville at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

Newburg at Owensville    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

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

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Volleyball

Saturday, Sept. 6

Borgia Tournament

Blue Pool

Parkway West def. Hickman, 25-8, 25-12

Borgia def. Washington, 25-6, 25-15

Parkway West def. Washington, 25-19, 25-16

Borgia def. Hickman, 25-21, 25-10

Washington def. Hickman, 25-19, 25-11

Parkway West tied Borgia, 25-15, 22-25

Gold Pool

St. Dominic def. Francis Howell North, 25-14, 25-16

Lutheran South tied Jefferson City, 25-9, 22-25

St. Dominic def. Jefferson City, 25-7, 26-24

Lutheran South tied Francis Howell North, 24-26, 25-18

Jefferson City def. Francis Howell North, 25-9, 25-17

St. Dominic tied Lutheran South, 25-20, 22-25

Seventh Place - Francis Howell North def. Hickman, 25-15, 25-23

Fifth Place - Jefferson City def. Washington, 25-12, 25-20

Semifinal 1 - Lutheran South def. Parkway West, 25-22, 25-20

Semifinal 2 - Borgia def. St. Dominic, 26-24, 23-25, 25-22

Third Place - Parkway West def. St. Dominic, 25-17, 25-9

Championship - Borgia def. Lutheran South, 25-20, 23-25, 25-15

Owensville at Fulton Tny    8:30 a.m.

#ECC vs. Independence    9 a.m.

#ECC vs. Southeast    1 p.m.

St. Clair, Pacific, Sullivan at North County Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 8

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Fox at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Hillsboro at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Tolton at New Haven    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Pacific at Rockwood Summit    4:15 p.m.

Crosspoint at Rivers of Life    5 p.m.

Washington at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

Montgomery Co at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Belle    5:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Kingston    6 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Community Christian    6 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

*ECC at Mineral Area    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

Cuba at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    5 p.m.

New Haven at Centralia    5 p.m.

Park Hills Central at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Owensville at Fatima    5:30 p.m.

*Rosati-Kain at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

Liberty Christian at Crosspoint    5 p.m.

Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Hermann at Crossroads Inv    TBA

New Haven at SEMO Classic    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 13

Missouri Baptist JV at ECC    10 a.m.

Indian Hills at ECC    2 p.m.

Borgia at Springfield Classic    TBA

Union at Rockwood Summit Tny    TBA

Hermann at Crossroads Inv    TBA

New Haven at SEMO Classic    TBA

St. James at Cuba Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 15

Union at Cuba    5:30 p.m.

Hickman at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Potosi    5:30 p.m.

Montgomery Co at Owensville    5:30 p.m.

St. James at Licking    6 p.m.

ECC at Missouri Baptist JV    6 p.m.

New Haven at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    5 p.m.

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer

Saturday, Sept. 6

St. Charles at Washington    11 a.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic Tny    TBA

Pacific Tournament    TBA

Sunday, Sept. 7

Blue River 3, East Central 1

Monday, Sept. 8

Christian Academy at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

Pacific at Washington    5 p.m.

*Sullivan at St. James    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Sullivan at Valley Park    4 p.m.

*ECC at St. Charles    4 p.m.

Crosspoint at St. Louis United A    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Union    5 p.m.

St. Clair at Belle    5 p.m.

Mehlville at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at Duchesne    6:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Washington at Warrenton    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

*Washington at Holt    4 p.m.

Windsor at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Festus    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Calvery Lutheran    5 p.m.

Borgia at Pacific    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

ECC at Oakton    4 p.m.

*Fulton SA at Eagle Ridge    4:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5 p.m.

Crosspoint at Jefferson City Lightning    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13

Washington at Helias    11 a.m.

Cape Central at Union    11 a.m.

ECC at Lake Co    3 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 15

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Affton at Pacific    5 p.m.

St. James at Richland    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    6 p.m.

Cross Country

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Sullivan Invitational    4 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11

Pacific, Sullivan at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13

Forest Park Inv    9 a.m.

New Haven, Hermann, Owensville at Linn Inv    9 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 15

St. James at Bourbon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Monday, Sept. 8

Washington at Timberland    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

*O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Washington at Troy    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Friday, Sept. 5

Washington at Oakville/CBC    4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Washington at Kennedy    5:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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