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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

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West vs. Daniel Boone Post 262, 5 p.m.

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 vs. Hannibal Post 55, 8 p.m.

Friday, July 25

G3 St. Charles Post 312 vs. G1 winner, 5 p.m.

G4 G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 26

G5 G2 winner vs. G3 winner, 10 a.m.

G6 G3 loser vs. G4 winner, 4 p.m.

G7 G5 loser vs. G6 winner, 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — G5 winner vs. G7 winner, 1 p.m.

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 4 p.m.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Springfield Glendale vs. Jackson, 3 p.m.

G2 Sedalia vs. Eureka, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, June 25

G3 Washington vs. G1 winner, noon

G4 G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 2:30 p.m.

G5 G2 winner vs. G3 winner, 5 p.m.

G6 G3 loser vs. G4 winner, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 26

G7 G5 loser vs. G6 winner, 1 p.m.

G8 Championship — G5 winner vs. G7 winner, 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield 8, St. Peters 3

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian First

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    First

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

*Indicates League Games

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