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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

Football

Friday, Sept. 19

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    7 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    7 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    7 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    7 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    7 p.m.

Ash Grove at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Brentwood    7 p.m.

*St. Charles West at Warrenton    7 p.m.

South Callaway at Wright City     7 p.m.

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

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.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

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

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Volleyball

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.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Boys Soccer

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.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    4:30 p.m.

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    3:30 p.m.

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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