Keeping its hopes for a Four Rivers Conference title alive, the Union soccer Wildcats (8-5, 3-1) shut out St. Clair (4-14, 0-4) Tuesday at Stierberger Stadium, 6-0.
“The boys played a very complete game from start to finish,” Union Head Coach Josh Wideman said. “Our first goal was scored only 2:17 into the game.”
St. Clair Head Coach Ted Brinker said Union took advantage of possession as well.
“Union found a lot of meaningful, purposeful possession throughout the game,” St. Clair Head Coach Ted Brinker said. “Union’s movement around and away from the ball made it difficult for us to get as organized as we would have liked to have been.”
Union has two league games remaining and both will be tricky. Sullivan leads the FRC race with a 3-0 record. Pacific is 1-2 in the league, but took Union to penalty kicks in the first meeting last week.
Union jumped on top early. Wagnaar scored the first of his three goals just 2:17 into the contest. Dustin Kohler earned the assist on a long throw-in.
“Jack Wagnaar is very calm on the ball and showed his composure by scoring another hat trick,” Wideman said.
“I thought we came out early and limited their possession in our half,” Brinker said. “We gave up a goal shortly thereafter and couldn’t find much moving into their attacking third.”
Wagnaar doubled his total in the 12th minute, scoring to make it 2-0. Ronin Straatmann assisted.
Straatmann scored with 6:26 to go in the half to make it 3-0. Colten Fink assisted.
“Ronin Straatmann had a goal and assist,” said Wideman. “Ronin is one of the hardest working kids I’ve had as a coach and is becoming a very strong and reliable center midfielder.”
In the closing moments of the half, Garret Nagle netted a penalty kick goal with 10 seconds to play, making it 4-0 at the intermission.
Wagnaar completed his hat trick 28 seconds into the second half. Garret Nagle assisted.
“Garret Nagle also had a good game against St. Clair also with a goal and assist,” Wideman said. “Garret is a player who I can play in any position and he is going to thrive. Sometimes I wonder how the ball stays on his foot or how he even got a foot on it.”
Liam Lane scored Union’s final goal. Lucas Dowil assisted on the play.
Riley Nagle made two saves in the shutout for Union.
For St. Clair, Collin Thacker recorded 13 saves in goal.