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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

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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