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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

Friday, Jan. 2

Sullivan at Washington    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

Community Christian at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

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

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    7:45 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

&Borgia vs. Lutheran N    TBA

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

%St. Charles vs. Bayless    6 p.m.

%Westminster vs. Washington    7:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

%Borgia vs. St. Clair    6 p.m.

#South Callaway vs. North Callaway    6 p.m.

#Hermann vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    7 p.m.

%Francis Howell Central vs. Union    7:30 p.m.

#Montgomery Co vs. New Bloomfield    7:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

#South Callaway-North Callaway loser vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield loser    6 p.m.

#South Callaway-North Callaway winner vs. Montgomery Co-New Bloomfield winner    6 p.m.

Bethel at Fulton SA    6:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville loser vs. Harrisburg-New Haven loser    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann-Russellville winner vs. Harrisburg-New Haven winner    7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

%St. Charles-Bayless loser vs. Westminster-Washington loser    4 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair loser vs. Francis Howell Central-Union loser    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Community Christian    6:30 p.m.

%St. Charles-Bayless winner vs. Westminster-Washington winner    7 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    7 pm.

#Seventh-place game    7:30 p.m.

Consolation game    7:30 p.m.

%Borgia-St. Clair winner vs. Francis Howell Central-Union winner    8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

%Seventh-place game    2:30 p.m.

#Third-place game    3:30 p.m.

%Consolation game    4 p.m.

%Third-place game    5:30 p.m.

#Championship game    6:30 p.m.

%Championship game    7 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    6:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    7:30 p.m.

%Washington Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

Girls Basketball

Friday, Dec. 26

Seckman Tournament

Northwest 43, Mehlville 42

Festus 58, Patriettes 13

Seckman 36, Oakville 28

Pacific 73, Carnahan 38

Saturday, Dec. 27

Seckman Tournament

Mehlville 39, Patriettes 35

Oakville 73, Carnahan 38

Festus 47, Northwest 30

Pacific 51, Seckman 33

Monday, Dec. 29

Seckman Tournament

Seventh-place game—Carnahan vs. Patriettes    1:30 p.m.

Third-place game—Seckman vs. Northwest    1:30 p.m.

Consolation game—Oakville vs. Mehlville    3 p.m.

Championship game—Pacific vs. Festus   3 p.m.

Rolla Tournament

St. Clair vs. Waynesville    3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Rolla Tournament

St. James-Sedalia loser vs. Waynesville-St.Clair loser    2 p.m.

St. James-Sedalia winner vs. Waynesville-St. Clair winner    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 31

Rolla Tournament

Consolation game    9 a.m.

Seventh-place game    9 a.m. at MS&T

Third-place game    12 p.m.

Championship game    3 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 2

Hermann at Washington    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Bourbon    6 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 5

*Union at New Haven    6 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 6

*Holt at Washington    5:30 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Liberty Christian    5:30 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:45 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at St. Clair    7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Fulton SA at Bethel    5 p.m.

Park Hills Central at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

Cuba at New Haven    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

*Ft. Zumwalt South at Washington    6 p.m.

*Crosspoint at Eagle Ridge    6:15 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Borgia vs. MICDS (St. Joseph’s Academy Shootout)    12:30 p.m.

Fulton SA at Calvary Lutheran Tny    TBA

Monday, Jan. 12

Lutheran South at St Clair    5:30 p.m.

Lindbergh at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

@Washington vs. Patriettes    5:30 p.m.

#Harrisburg vs. Russellville    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield vs. Montgomery Co    6 p.m.

Fulton SA at Providence    6 p.m.

@Helias vs. Sullivan    7 p.m.

#North Callaway vs. New Haven    7:30 p.m.

#Hermann vs. South Callaway    7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Pacific at Ursuline    4:30 p.m.

Ft. Zumwalt East at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Heritage Classical at Crosspoint    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West vs. Union    5:30 p.m.

@Borgia vs. Eureka    7 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

#Harrisburg-Russellville loser vs. North Callaway-New Haven loser    6 p.m.

#Harrisburg-Russellville winner vs. North Callaway-New Haven winner    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co loser vs. Hermann-South Callaway loser    6 p.m.

#New Bloomfield-Montgomery Co winner vs. Hermann-South Callaway winner    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Bethel at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Northwest at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

@Washington-Patriettes loser vs. Helias-Sullivan loser    5:30 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union loser vs. Borgia-Eureka loser    7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

@Washington-Patriettes winner vs. Helias-Sullivan winner    5:30 p.m.

Providence at Fulton SA    5:30 p.m.

#Seventh-place game    6 p.m.

#Consolation game    6 p.m.

@St. Charles West-Union winner vs. Borgia-Eureka winner    7 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

@Seventh-place game    1 p.m.

#Third-place game    2 p.m.

@Consolation game    2:30 p.m.

@Third-place game    4 p.m.

#Championship    5 p.m.

@Championship    5:30 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    5:30 p.m.

Union at Warrenton    6 p.m.

Montgomery Co at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Duchesne at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Fulton SA at Liberty Christian    5 p.m.

Parkway West at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

New Haven at Wellsville    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at CAGSL    6 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

@Union Tournament

#South Callaway Tournament

Wrestling

Friday, Dec. 26

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 27

Union, Pacific at Hillsboro Tny    TBA

Monday, Dec. 29

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 30

Washington at Lindbergh Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Jan. 7

*Ft. Zumwalt South at Washington     6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 8

Washington at Granite City    4:30 p.m.

Borgia at Hancock Tri-Meet    5 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Saturday, Jan. 10

Washington at GAC Championships    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 13

Union at Liberty Quad    5 p.m.

Washington at Warrenton    6 p.m.

*Sullivan at Pacific    6 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 14

*Washington at Holt/Ft. Zumwalt East    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Westminster at Pacific    6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

Union at Branson    5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 17

Borgia at Owensville Tny    9 a.m.

Washington, Pacific at 141 Rumble    TBA

Union at Branson Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Jan. 20

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt North    6 p.m.

Union at Sullivan/St. James/Warrenton    5 p.m.

Girls Swimming

Wednesday, Jan. 7

Borgia at Kennedy    6:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 9

Borgia/Washington at MICDS    4:15 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 12

Borgia at DuBourg    6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 15

Washington at Clayton    4:15 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 16

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

Tuesday, Jan. 20

Washington at Ft. Zumwalt East/Timberland    3:30 p.m.

*Conference Games

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