While the season might be near the midpoint, the Union soccer Lady ’Cats have already secured at least a share of the Four Rivers Conference title.
Union (7-0, 4-0) shut out St. James (4-2-1, 0-2) Monday in Phelps County, 10-0.
“We definitely had some areas to improve on,” Union Head Coach Matt Fennessey said. “It was a good game to learn about how we need to prepare for a road game. Happy to get the shut out and win versus any conference competition.”
The Lady ’Cats have one final league game, hosting Sullivan (1-5, 0-1) April 17.
Union reached that point by winning in St. James Monday. The Lady ’Cats led 6-0 at the half and finished the victory with four goals in the second half.
Freshman Emily Gaebe continued her onslaught against opposing defenses, scoring four goals with one assist. She’s up to 23 goals for the season now.
No other Union player scored more than once. Georgie Bray, Hailey Cloud, Addie Davis, Gigi Gore, Ella Keltner and Sami Starling each scored once.
Keltner posted two assists. Hailey Cloud, Davis, Kailtyn Hobson, Kiley Kruel, Hannah Olive and Grace Weiss had one assist each.
Lexi Garlock made six saves in goal for the shutout.
Emma Cloud put a free kick into the back of the net with five minutes to play Friday as the Union soccer Lady ’Cats stayed undefeated on the season with a 2-1 home win over Jackson.
“Emma Cloud was able to give us a lead with an awesome free kick from about 35 out,” Fennessey said. “She dropped the hammer on that shot. Jackson’s keeper did not stand a chance. With six minutes remaining in the game we were able to kill the clock. Definitely a big win for the team.”
Union was scheduled to host defending Class 2 state champion Cape Notre Dame Saturday, but the game was called off due to snowy weather in that part of the state. Cape Notre Dame was unable to travel.
Against Jackson, all scoring took place in the second half.
“With the score going into half at 0-0, we were feeling successful overall,” Fennessey said. “Each team had some chances. Last year going into half we were down 3-0. So 0-0 was a win in that department.”
Union scored four minutes into the second half when freshman Gaebe netted her 19th goal of the season. Gore assisted.
“Five minutes into the second half we were able to strike,” Fennessey said. “Gigi had a throw in on the left side of the field. Emily got it at her feet was able to turn from the corner of the 18 and score.”
Jackson tied it on a penalty kick in the 62nd minute.
“After Jackson got the equalizer, they had the momentum,” Fennessey said. “We continued to stay tough defensively.”
Emma Cloud scored on a 35-yard free kick in the final five minutes to give Union the lead and the Lady ’Cats held on for the victory.
Garlock made 15 saves for Union in the win.
“Hard fought game by both teams,” Fennessey said. “I thought both teams defensively played very strong. We had to match their speed up top. Our back five had their best game of the year. They had to play that way to keep up with Jackson. Lexi was able to make several timely saves for us.”
Fennessey said Kennedy Reeser, Emma Cloud, Gore and Ella Keltner were defensive stalwarts.
“They were breaking up their offense chances,” Fennessey said.