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Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2014 5:00 pm

IMPERIAL — Put the shot on net and good things will happen.

That’s a axiom coaches tell their players over and over with good reason.

Arika Elliott’s long shot from the right sideline lifted the Washington Lady Jays (7-2) over the Union Lady ’Cats (8-1) Thursday night in the second overtime at the Windsor Tournament championship game, 5-4.

“If you send that ball toward the goal, you never know what can happen,” Washington Head Coach Chris Lanemann said. “It can bounce or get up a little bit. Good things happen when you put the ball toward the net.”

Union Head Coach Matt Fennessey praised his team’s effort.

“We played from behind all night long and we never gave up,” Fennessey said. “We just kept coming back and fighting. We got some quality goals along the way, but Washington was the superior team tonight. They played like it, too.”

Lanemann said he told his team that it has been dominant in the tournament over the years. Pacific hosted the event before it moved to Windsor.

“I told the girls that we’ve been here before,” Lanemann said. “This was the fifth time in a row we’ve played for the championship and last year was the first time we had lost. For these seniors, this was the last chance they had to win another championship. We controlled everything during overtime. The girls came out, showed they wanted to win it, and played hard.”

And it was one of those seniors who came through at the key moment.

Elliott launched the ball at the Union net from the right sideline with 8:33 to go in the second overtime.

Union goalkeeper Haley Farrell got her hands on the ball, but couldn’t keep it from hitting under the crossbar to end the game.

Washington had tried to finish out the game, leading three times and once by two goals.

“When we got up by two goals, 3-1, I thought we might have it then,” Lanemann said. “They fought back. They’re a good team and they have good players.”

But Union’s never-say-die attitude kept the Lady ’Cats in the game.

Both teams cycled through their entire lineups. Union was playing its third game in as many days and second overtime game during the tournament.

“The great thing about this tournament was that we knew this was going to test us,” Fennessey said. “Playing tough teams, I was happy with the fact that we got back to this game. I don’t think it was a question of what was left in the tank. It was a matter of playing smart. We got away from making smart passes and making smart plays tonight.”

Washington was playing its third game in four days. The Lady Jays had survived a tough contest with Windsor in the semifinals Wednesday.

The theme of the first half for Washington was restarts.

“We had trouble getting the ball out of the backfield all game long,” Fennessey said. “Their defense was stepping in front of us and we just weren’t able to get the ball to feet. We’ve got to do a better job of securing the ball and holding it at our feet. It just didn’t happen tonight. A lot of that goes to Washington and the pressure they put on the ball.”

Both Washington goals came after spot kicks and it was the two Nurnbergers finishing.

With 20:45 left in the opening half, tournament MVP Halee Nurnberger made Union pay for not clearing a free kick. She volleyed in Union’s clearance chance, beating Union netminder Haley Farrell with a shot about four feet off the ground on the left side.

Union didn’t need long to get back. With 17:55 left in the half, Kaylyn Bigley collided with Washington goalkeeper Mary McGilvray and was able to knock the loose ball into the net.

The tie lasted nearly until the halftime break.

But, with 1:36 left, Cassidy Nurnberger, who also made the all-tournament team, put the Lady Jays back on top with a shot from the left side.

The play opened on a restart by Brianna Pagan, another all-tournament team selection, from 28 yards out on the right side. Both Nurnbergers were in the vicinity of the crossing pass, but it was the younger one who buried the goal.

Washington led 2-1 at the break and added to its lead early in the second half

With 34:50 left in regulation, Washington’s Martha Noelker broke in on the right side and put the ball into the net to make it 3-1.

It wasn’t the first time in the tournament that Union had been down by two goals. And the Lady ’Cats weren’t ready to give up.

Just over three minutes after the Noelker goal, Bethany Coons headed in a corner kick to pull Union back to within a goal, 3-2.

Coons was named to the all-tournament team along with teammate Bri Clark.

With 25:22 left in the second half, Coons worked in on the left side and crossed the ball. Her hard pass connected with the head of teammate Karlie Peth, who headed it into the goal on the right side to equalize the contest at 3-3.

With 14:26 to play, the Lady Jays took the lead again. Another restart led to Union failing to clear the ball. Cassidy Nurnberger hammered the volley into the goal to put Washington ahead again, 4-3.

And, this time, it looked like it might stick.

However, with 5:33 to play, Coons finished off a long run on the left side to equalize. Regulation ended with the teams still tied at 4-4.

Noelker just missed the far post on a shot early in regulation, but the teams ended the first overtime session still knotted at 4-4.

But Elliott’s long, high shot from the right sideline with 8:33 left in the second overtime session ended it.

Farrell stopped the shot, but couldn’t control it and the ball went under the crossbar to end the game in a Washington victory, 5-4.

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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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