The easy part is over.
Now, the Union soccer Lady ’Cats are looking to continue their regular season success in the postseason.
Union (17-1) finished the regular season with a 9-0 home win over Warrenton Tuesday and a 4-0 road win at MICDS Wednesday.
“It was a good week for us,” Union Head Coach Matt Fennessey said. “We had things to figure out against Warrenton and we were able to solve the questions. We played pretty good competition at MICDS.”
Fennessey noted that Union tied the program’s mark for shutouts in a season with the two wins.
Now, Union turns its focus to the Class 3 District 9 Tournament, which it hosts next Monday and Wednesday.
Union is the top seed and will host fourth-seeded Pacific at Stierberger Stadium Monday at 5 p.m.
The other first-round game is between No. 2 Washington and third-seeded Rolla at 6:45 p.m.
The championship takes place Wednesday at 6 p.m. Washington is the defending champion and tied for third in the state tournament last year.
“The No. 1 thing is that we know Pacific really is playing its best soccer of the season right now,” Fennessey said. “It’s always tough to beat a team twice and even tougher to beat one three times. They will be prepared to face us. Coach (Todd) Dempsey will have his team ready to go.”
Union recovered from last week’s setback to Webster Groves and close game with Washington by shutting out Warrenton on senior night, 9-0.
The Lady ’Cats put five goals into the net in the opening half and added four more in the second half.
Seniors Georgie Bray, Lexi Garlock and Kennedy Reeser were honored and all three contributed to the win.
Garlock made two saves in goal for the shutout.
Bray recorded a goal and an assist.
Reeser helped to anchor the defense.
Two Union players ended with a pair of goals apiece. Emily Gaebe upped her goal total to 49 for the season.
Paige Schoonover, who normally plays on the junior varsity team, also scored twice.
Joining Bray with one goal were Emma Cloud, Hailey Cloud, Gigi Gore and Hannah Olive.
Hailey Cloud posted three assists. Maddie Helling, Kaitlyn Hobson, Olive and Sami Starling also had one assist apiece.
“We had seven different goal scorers and 10 players with points,” Fennessey said. “That was encouraging. I was happy with the performance. We moved the ball nicely, everyone got a lot of playing time and it was a good game.”
Heading to St. Louis County Wednesday, the Lady ’Cats shut out MICDS, 4-0.
Union led 1-0 at the half and added three more in the second half.
“They had a goal called back in the first half,” Fennessey said. “They went just over the end line before crossing the ball to the back post. It was a good play. Gigi scored for us a couple of minutes later. Their disallowed goal plus our goal were turning points in the game.”
Garlock made six saves in goal for the shutout.
Gore scored Union’s first goal with Gaebe netting the next two and Emma Cloud scoring the final goal.
Emma Cloud, Helling, Reeser and Starling assisted on the goals.
Grace Vogel played in goal for MICDS.
“In the second half, we played a much better team game,” Fennessey said. “It was good to get Emily going and Hailey had a nice goal from range. The second half was a good way to end the regular season.”
Union also won the JV game, 3-1. Union finished 10-5-1 in junior varsity play this season.