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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013 8:00 pm | Updated: 8:09 am, Wed May 22, 2013.

Methodical finishing proved to be the difference Wednesday as the Union soccer Lady ’Cats rolled to a 5-0 win over host Borgia to win the Class 2 District 9 championship.

Union (17-5) scored twice in the first half and three times in the second while recording the clean sheet against Borgia (7-12).

“It feels really good to go back-to-back with district championships,” Union Head Coach Matt Fennessey said. “I’m real proud of the girls and the job they did to get to this point.”

Borgia Head Coach Grant Kang said Borgia achieved one of its goals by playing in the title contest.

“We were very glad to make it to the final,” Kang said. “Playing in the district finals was one of our goals for the season.”

Sophomores Bethany Coons and Bri Clark each scored twice while freshman Taylor Gaebe netted the game-winning goal in the third minute.

Sectional Preview

Union will host the Class 2 sectional match Tuesday at 6 p.m. The opponent will be Helias, a 1-0 winner over Rolla Thursday in the District 10 championship match.

“Helias is another formidable opponent,” Fennessey said. “There are only 16 teams left. There are no chumps left. It’s just a matter of who you draw.”

The match could be the final one played with the Lady ’Cats calling Union Middle School home. Work will start on a new turf field at Stierberger Stadium later this month and plans call for the Union soccer teams to move to the high school facility.

“It looks like it will be the last game there,” Fennessey said. “We talked about it after the Farmington game. We want to leave that field with a win. We were let down then by not getting the win. Now, we have another chance to go ahead and get that win for all the alumni and the school. That field has given so many people so many memories. It would be nice to get a win in its last game.”

The only way Union would be able to host a quarterfinal game May 25 would be if it wins the sectional and the District 11 champion (Willard and Republic play Friday for the title at 3 p.m.) defeats Carl Junction in the other sectional.

“We’re going to be able to go through our normal routine and have more fans there,” Fennessey said. “The last sectional game we played there was with the boys against Clayton. It’s nice to have another home game there.”

District Game

Union’s win over Borgia was the second of the season for the Lady ’Cats, who beat Borgia 6-0 in the second game of the season.

“We knew they were going to be tougher,” Fennessey said. With their conference and their schedule, they have no choice but to get better. They play a really tough schedule. The girls just stuck with our game plan and did a really good job of that. We limited their offensive chances, got the ball wide where we wanted it and got into one-on-one situations with Taylor Gaebe and Kaylyn Bigley.”

While the score was similar to the first game, the contest had a much different pace.

“I’m real proud of the performances,” Fennessey said. “Marissa Groves shut down Emily Grahl and really limited her chances. Bri Clark and Bethany came up big with two goals apiece. Overall, it was a great team game.”

Union scored twice in the first half Wednesday, opposed to four first-half goals in the game earlier in the season.

Gaebe netted the opening goal 2:56 into the game. Gaebe broke up the middle and beat Borgia senior goalkeeper Emily Sisco to the left.

“That took a lot of weight off,” Fennessey said. “Prior to that, they were in our end. If they get one in, you never know how the game’s going to go forward from that point. That was our first offensive chance. Taylor did a great job sticking with the play, getting the turnover and taking it on herself. That’s the kind of effort we needed from everyone on the field. Taylor got us started on the right foot.”

The second goal came on a breakaway by Coons in the 12-minute. She was able to beat the defense after taking a long pass up the middle and put it past the charging Sisco.

“We talked about that,” Fennessey said. “The ball was played back to Kayla Thornton, who sent a through ball to Bethany. We practice that. We were efficient in the way we did it and when you give Bethany goal scoring chances, she’s going to put it away.”

That’s how the half ended.

“It was a close game at the half,” Fennessey said. “That’s a bad lead. You’ve got to respect 2-0 because there is the possibility that if they score an early goal to start the second half, the momentum could change.”

While Borgia did not score, it had some highlights. The Lady Knights had their best shot in the second half with one being fired off the crossbar.

“Some people might measure their progress with the score of the game,” Kang said. “I like to measure our progress by the quality of play in the game. I felt we were able to show some periods of the game where we could possess the ball. We didn’t show that in our first meeting at all. I think we showed improvement in our ability to keep the ball over the course of the season and it showed today. Our score was better the second time around. I actually was more pleased with the improvement in the quality of possession.”

But Union controlled the game by that time.

In the 48th minute, Clark scored on a header, the first of two Union set-piece goals.

“It was big when Clark got that goal,” Fennessey said. “We were able to keep that pressure on them and keep going the right way.”

Clark made it 4-0 on a shot in the 54th minute, placing her shot high into the Borgia goal.

The final goal came in the 63rd minute as Coons headed the ball into the net off a set-piece play.

“We’re going to live and die with the balls we play out to the wings and the chances we get across the front of the net,” Fennessey said. “We did a really good job at it tonight. It just wasn’t one player or one side which did it. We did a good job of using both sides of the field and getting the ball to the middle of the field.”

Kang said Union took advantage on the set-piece plays.

“They did a really nice job on their set plays. They were really aggressive to the ball and they were rewarded quite a bit.”

Lakebrink ended with the shutout.

“You can’t say enough about our defense and how they preserved the shutout,” Fennessey said. “Alicia Brueggemann played a heck of a game and Lakebrink came up big when she was needed.”

Borgia has four players graduate from this team. Sisco, Jenna Hellebusch, Addy Brinkmann and Madison Wehking played their final high school match Wednesday.

“They were great to have all season,” Kang said. “They are great players and great people. It’s been a privilege to have them on the team this year.”

The game between Union and Borgia marked the fourth year in a row the two sides had met in the district tournament and third year in a row they had played for a championship.

• In 2012, Union defeated Borgia in overtime to win the Class 2 District 7 event at Sullivan, 2-1.

• In 2011, Borgia posted a 2-0 victory at St. Clair to advance from Class 2 District 7.

In 2010, the teams were in a much larger district, but still played each other.

• In 2010, Union beat Borgia in the Class 2 District 2 semifinals at Hillsboro, 1-0. Union lost to St. Louis Notre Dame in the title match, 4-1.

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Area Scoreboard

Boys Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Rock Bridge 79, Northwest 27

^Lutheran South 76, Hillsboro 43

Owensville 41, Hermann 40

St. James 80, Montgomery County 39

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Jackson 65, Pacific 44

^Borgia 82,  Union 61

~Warrenton 69, Chamois 24

^Washington 49, St. Clair 45 (OT)

~Wright City 51, New Haven 37

*Bethel at Crosspoint    7:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

^Hillsboro 49, Northwest 34

~New Haven 35, Chamois 28

~Wright City 47, Warrenton 41

^Union 63,  St. Clair 60

~Hermann 63 vs. Montgomery Co 5

St. James 57, Owensville 35

Friday, Jan. 30

^Rock Bridge 80, Lutheran South 59

^Borgia 46, Washington 43 (OT)

*Providence at Crosspoint    7:30 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

^Seventh-place game — St. Clair vs. Northwest   2:30 p.m.

~Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

^Consolation — Union vs. Hillsboro    4 p.m.

~Consolation    4 p.m.

^Third-place game — Washington vs. Lutheran South   5:30 p.m.

~Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

^Championship — Borgia vs. Rock Bridge    7 p.m.

~Championship    7 p.m.

^Union Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

Monday, Feb. 2

New Haven at Silex   5:30  p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Whitfield at Union    4 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

Pacific at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Fulton SA at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

Wellsville at New Haven     6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Mary’s    6:45 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

Rock Bridge at Borgia    7:15 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Owensville at New Haven   6 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Monday, Jan. 26

^Holt 60, Pacific 57

^Warrenton 42, Union 40

~Owensville 64,  Montgomery Co 32

Borgia 62, Cardinal Ritter 41

^St. Clair 64, Lutheran South 45

~Hermann 57, Wright City 26

Washington 74, Wentzville Liberty 19

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Fulton SA at Barat    4:30 p.m.

~New Haven 42, Montgomery Co 34

*Bethel at Crosspoint    6:15 p.m.

~Chamois 61, Wright City 20

Wednesday, Jan. 28

^Pacific 62, Union 59 (OT)

Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    5 p.m.

^Lutheran South 54, Wentzville Liberty 40

~Owensville 54, New Haven 24

^Warrenton 51, Holt 44

~Chamois 50, Hermann 45

^Washington 54, St. Clair 31

Thursday, Jan. 29

*Notre Dame 50, Borgia 45

Friday, Jan. 30

^Seventh-place game — Union 66, Wentzville Liberty 31

~Consolation — Montgomery Co. vs. Wright City    5 p.m.

^Consolation — Lutheran South 55, Pacific 49

*Providence at Crosspoint    6 p.m.

Eagle Ridge at Fulton SA    6 p.m.

~Third-place game — Hermann vs. New Haven   6:30 p.m.

^Third-place game — Holt 63, St. Clair 49

~Championship — Owensville vs. Chamois   8 p.m.

^Championship — Washington 61 Warrenton 50

Monday, Feb. 2

#Borgia vs. Patriettes    4 p.m.

#Cardinal Ritter vs. Union    5:20 p.m.

De Soto at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at North County Christian    6 p.m.

#Washington vs. Parkway South    6:40 p.m.

Chamois at New Haven    7 p.m.

#Helias vs. Troy    8 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

*Crosspoint at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

#Washington-Parkway South loser vs. Helias-Troy loser    4 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes loser vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union loser    5:20 p.m.

#Washington-Parkway South winner vs. Helias-Troy winner    6:40 p.m.

#Borgia-Patriettes winner vs. Cardinal Ritter-Union winner    8 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at St. James    6 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

Barat at Fulton SA    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

*Rivers of Life at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

#Seventh-place game    noon

#Consolation    1:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3 p.m.

#Championship    4:30 p.m.

New Haven at Elsberry    5 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 9

*Hermann at Union    5:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    6 p.m.

*St. Dominic at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Feb. 10

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt South    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint, Fulton SA at MAC Tny    TBA

^Washington Tournament

~Hermann Tournament

#Borgia Tournament

Wrestling

Tuesday, Jan. 27

*Pacific 42, St. Clair 33

Borgia 36, Hallsville 30

Helias 66, Borgia 21

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Borgia at Lutheran St. Charles    5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29

Summit 39, Union 34

Owensville 41, Pacific 38

Pacific 45, St. James 28

Friday, Jan. 30

St. Clair at DeSoto   5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

Pacific at Hazelwood East Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at DeSoto 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 2

Borgia at O’Fallon Christian    5 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at AAA Tny    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 5

*Pacific at Union    6 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 7

Washington at Seckman Tny    9 a.m.

St. Clair at Francis Howell Central Inv    9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Pacific at Parkway Central Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Timberland 140, Washington 96, Ft. Zumwalt East 87

Thursday, Jan. 22

Oakville 120, Washington 115, University City 9, Mehlville 6

Saturday, Jan. 24

Washington 91, Borgia 80

Tuesday, Jan. 27

Washington 122, St. Charles West 46

Thursday, Jan. 29

Washington at Affton/Lutheran South    4:15 p.m.

Borgia at St. Dominic    8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

Washington at McCluer North    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

Borgia at MICDS/Duchesne (Rec-Plex)    8:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6

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

Tuesday, Feb. 10

Borgia at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Wednesday, Feb. 11

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

Thursday, Feb. 12

Borgia at AAA Meet    TBA

Washington at GAC Meet    TBA

*Conference Games

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