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Posted: Friday, May 11, 2012 7:30 pm

While the Union soccer Lady ’Cats wrapped up the Four Rivers Conference title Wednesday night, the Pacific Lady Indians made certain it was anything but easy.

Union (19-2, 8-0) completed its undefeated run through the conference with a 3-2 win at Pacific (6-17, 6-2).

“It was senior night for those guys and they played extremely hard,” Union Head Coach Matt Fennessey said. “I don’t know if we were ready for that with the score we had earlier in the year. They were ready. They came out and played better than we did.”

The result was in stark contrast to the first meeting between the teams, a 7-0 Union win March 27 in Union.

“I told the girls they really did themselves justice after the result we had the first time,” Pacific Head Coach Todd Dempsey said. “I don’t think they expected us to be in this game. It was nice to see us show a little bit of emotion and a little bit of fight. We haven’t had that this year.”

Fennessey said he was proud of his team for doing what it had to do to win the game.

“It was good to see them battle and be in the game,” Fennessey said. “It was good for us to have a little bit of a reality check and know that we need to take care of our business and play good soccer to win games.”

If you didn’t see Wednesday’s game, the teams will face each other again Monday in the Class 2 District 7 Tournament semifinals in Sullivan. Union, the second seed, takes on third-seeded Pacific at 7 p.m.

“We pushed them,” Dempsey said. “I think the seniors wanted to go out and make the game memorable. We had a good effort, played a good game and hopefully served notice for the district.”

Union freshman Bethany Coons opened the scoring in the 21st minute. Coons scored her 48th goal of the season after charging up the middle of the field and beating goalkeeper Sydney Drysdale.

Union had several chances to add to that lead.

Coons just missed the top corner with a hard shot. In the 24th minute, her shot was deflected just wide for a corner kick. In the 28th minute, Bethany Coons, Alyssa Coons and Jordan Thorpe were near the net, but knocked the ball just wide.

Pacific made Union pay for those missed chances. The Lady Indians scored with 13 seconds left in the half. Amber Zurliene looped a shot into the Union net from about 40 yards out. Zurliene seemed to take advantage of the sun’s position and Lakebrink could not make a save.

“I told Amber that if she stepped out onto the field and we gave her that shot 30 more times, I wasn’t sure if she wouldn’t hit it again,” Dempsey said. “I told them before the half, too, that it only takes one. We got the one and we got a little bit of momentum going back into the second half. We honestly asked the girls at halftime, how many would have expected to be at this point based on the first game? None of them honestly could answer this is where they thought we would be. We gave ourselves a chance. We wanted to be in the game. All we talked about was being even or within a goal at halftime, putting a little bit of a doubt into their minds. We wanted to give ourselves an opportunity to stay in the game or stay close.”

Fennessey, a former high school and soccer goalie, described Zurliene’s goal as a perfect shot.

“That’s one of those goals,” Fennessey said. “What are you really going to do about that. We teach the keepers to let the girls shoot from outside the box and not have anything inside and then they hit a 40-yard shot. You take that one. There’s not a lot Briana could do on that. They knew the field conditions. That’s what they were going for. It was a great shot and great execution of the game plan. It took the wind out of our sails going into the half tied again.”

Tied at the intermission, the Lady ’Cats worked hard to change that scoreline early in the second half.

And Union found the net in the 44th minute. Kayla Thornton took a corner kick. The ball found its way to Alyssa Coons, who rolled it to Bethany Coons. Her 49th goal of the season was shot low into the left corner to give Union the lead once again.

Union continued to pressure the Pacific net. In the 47th minute, Kaila AuBuchon just missed high with a header.

In the 54th minute, Union got a goal from Alyssa Coons. Shooting from near the top of the 18-yard box, Coons placed the ball into the lower left corner to make it 3-1.

“Sometimes you get too serious and you get caught up in things and stop thinking about what you have to do right,” Fennessey said. “We just had to get back to taking care of what we could handle and I think the girls started doing that a little better as a team. We started to get a little more possession and ball control early in the second half. Pacific came right back at us and scored a goal. It went back and forth. I didn’t really expect much less. It sets up everything for Monday now.”

That goal proved to be huge as the Lady Indians scored again in the 63rd minute. Kim Myers played a free kick into the box. Lakebrink could not control the ball and Samantha Smiley celebrated senior day by scoring inside the right post.

The Smiley goal came during a period of Pacific pressure. The Lady Indians continued to work for good chances even after taking a red card in the 67th minute.

“Neither of the goals are going to earn style points from anybody,” Dempsey said. “That’s been our M.O. all year long. We score the gritty goals and work hard for them. Kim’s a real good example. She pushes her nose to the grindstone every time out. I think that rubs off on the rest of the kids as the game goes on because they see she’s not going to back down. When we’re within a goal, we give ourselves more of an opportunity to stay and fight. It’s contagious. Everyone buys into it.”

Kierra Mundt had two assists for Union while Kayla Thornton added one. Lakebrink made eight saves.

Myers and Hunter Kelemen assisted on the Pacific goals. Drysdale made eight saves.

Union was able to control the ball enough to hold on for the win.

“It’s nice that Matt and I are such good friends,” Dempsey said. “It never gets personal between us. It’s nice when the teams have competitive games. I’m sure this will be the topic of discussion at our all-conference meeting.”

Union-St. Clair

Playing at home on senior night, the Lady ’Cats clinched at least a tie for the FRC title with a 6-0 win over St. Clair.

“We played well,” Fennessey said. “We moved the ball really well and had a number of different goal scorers. St. Clair played really hard.”

Union scored three times in each half.

Alyssa Coons and Bethany Coons scored two goals apiece. Alyssa also had three assists while Bethany added one assist. Bethany Coons scored the game-winning goal.

Kaila AuBuchon and Bri Clark scored the other goals.

Lakebrink made one save in goal while earning the shutout.

Union honored four seniors in the game, Brittany Faber, Kayla Sitzes, Brooke Breeden and Courtney Groves.

“It was good to get a win on senior night for our four seniors,” Fennessey said. “We’re really happy for the four seniors and what they’ve done here at Union.”

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Area Scoreboard

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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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