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Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013 8:45 pm

You can’t keep a good scorer down.

Windsor Tournament MVP Bethany Coons scored twice in the second half (59th and 77th minutes) to seal Union’s 3-1 championship match win over the Washington Lady Jays Thursday in Imperial.

“This used to be the Pacific Tournament,” Union Head Coach Matt Fennessey said. “We’ve been flirting with the championship game or getting to the championship game for a number of years now. It’s nice to get here and get the win.”

Washington Head Coach Chris Lanemann lauded his players.

“I thought my girls played with a lot of heart and played well. We had just played 100 minutes the night before and beat Seckman in the second round of penalty kicks,” Lanemann said. “I think we were physically and mentally drained. The fatigue set in the second half, however my girls continued to fight. Union is a good team and we just ran out of gas in the second half.”

Union improved to 6-0 on the season with the win. The Lady ’Cats host Rolla Friday in the rescheduled home opener.

Washington dropped to 6-1-1 with the defeat. The Lady Jays return to action Monday with the Town Derby at Borgia. Junior varsity action begins at 5 p.m.

Both teams were represented on the all-tournament team. Union had three players selected with Bethany Coons receiving the MVP award.

“If it wasn’t for my teammates, this wouldn’t be anything,” Coons said.

Her older sister, senior Alyssa Coons, also was honored as was senior defender Abbie Brack.

Washington had two selections with junior Halee Nurnberger and senior Taylor Andrews being selected for the team.

“They’re a really great team,” Bethany Coons said. “This is great competition. We’re just glad we could beat them.”

Championship

With two of the highest scoring teams in the St. Louis area on the field, one almost expected the scoreboard to be burned out with all of the tallies.

But, for the first half, the defenses dominated.

“We had a game plan we wanted to go with,” Fennessey said. “We just didn’t do what we were supposed to do and stick with our game plan. I think we got a little frustrated. Washington is the best team we’ve played all year and we weren’t used to that pressure. They cracked a little bit.”

Washington had the better of the play, using controlled short passes and quick runs into space to maintain pressure on the Union defense.

“I thought we had several really good chances to score and couldn’t quite get the shot we needed,” Lanemann said. “I am very proud of the way the girls played over the course of the entire tournament.”

However, Union had the most dangerous chances.

“I felt we had the better of the chances, but they controlled the majority of the ball possession for sure,” Fennessey said.

Bethany Coons put the ball into the back of the net in the 29th minute, but the play had been whistled offsides.

In the 34th minute, Beth Coons ripped a long shot off the crossbar. Washington goalkeeper Mary McGilvray pounced on the rebound before anyone else could get there.

“I thought Mary played extremely well in the game making several saves that kept the game close,” Lanemann said.

That started an offensive flurry which foreshadowed the second half.

Washington’s Brianna Pagan forced Union netminder Brianna Lakebrink to make a save. Soon after, Bethany Coons beat two defenders in the left corner, but put her shot wide of the far post.

So, while the first half had been scoreless, the potential for offensive action in the second half was shown.

“In the second half, we started doing a better job utilizing the corners and that really opened up the space in the middle of the field,” Fennessey said. “That gave us our chances.”

And Union came out by working the ball into the Washington end for its most sustained pressure to that point.

In the 53rd minute, Kaylyn Bigley nearly scored on a restart from near the left sideline. The ball hopped around before it was cleared.

However, Bigley played a role in Union’s icebreaker goal in the 54th minute. She took a corner kick and freshman Natalie Helling headed it into the net to put Union on top, 1-0.

“That was a great ball in by Kaylyn Bigley on the cross,” Fennessey said. “Kaila AuBuchon went down with an ankle injury last night. Natalie came in tonight and played 60-65 minutes of the game and got us rolling with that first goal. That goal was a huge emotional lift for us.”

The Lady ’Cats sustained the pressure and added a second tally in the 58th minute. Bethany Coons moved into the left corner, beat the defense and then shot the ball past McGilvray to make it 2-0. Alyssa Coons was awarded the assist.

“It pretty much was Alyssa’s goal,” Bethany Coons said. “We just tend to steal each other’s goals a lot.”

Fennessey said having the two-goal advantage was huge.

“You hate to say you can relax, but it’s a lot better than a one-goal lead,” Fennessey said.

As the game moved much closer to full time, Washington came alive.

In the 72nd minute, Nurnberger ripped a shot to the right side of the goal. Lakebrink was able to get over, make a lunging save and knock the ball around the post.

“That was the best save she’s made this year,” Fennessey said. “I was jumping up and down for her because she’s working hard to do a fantastic job. To come up with a big save at that point was huge.”

That proved to be huge as Washington got onto the scoreboard less than a minute later. Martha Noelker ripped a hard shot from the right side into the goal. Her 73rd minute tally was assisted by Pagan.

“They come right back and put one into the net,” Fennessey said. “Washington did a great job of not giving up and continuing to push.”

Both teams pressured for additional markers, earning corner kicks which were cleared.

But Union sealed the game with a 77th minute goal by Bethany Coons.

She was in the right place at the right time after Alyssa Coons had the initial chance, but went down with the defender. All Bethany Coons had to do was knock the ball into the open net.

“I’ve learned a lot from my select team and my sister helps out a lot by passing me the ball,” Bethany Coons said.

That proved to be a tremendous pressure breaker for Union, which once again went up by two goals. It didn’t keep Washington from working to cut into that gap though.

Washington’s final strong chance came in the 79th minute when the Lady Jays earned a corner kick. However, the shot went through the football uprights and Union took a goal kick.

“We’ve got to just keep working hard and practicing hard,” Bethany Coons said. “If we do that, we’ll keep going through.”

The finish should make things interesting for the rematch, scheduled for Union High School May 1. Junior varsity action begins at 5 p.m. that night.

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Area Scoreboard

Football

Friday, Sept. 19

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

Cardinal Ritter at Borgia    7 p.m.

*St. Clair at Union    7 p.m.

*Pacific at Sullivan    7 p.m.

*Hermann at Owensville    7 p.m.

Ash Grove at St. James    7 p.m.

Cuba at Brentwood    7 p.m.

*St. Charles West at Warrenton    7 p.m.

South Callaway at Wright City     7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 12

*Ft. Zumwalt North 49, Washington 0

*Borgia 35, St. Dominic 0

*Union 27, Pacific 19

*Sullivan 47, St. Clair 21

Hermann 65, Wentzville Liberty 7

*Owensville 29, St. James 28 (OT)

Cuba 22, Windsor 6

*Warrenton 14, St. Charles 6

*Bowling Green 55, Wright City 0

Friday, Sept. 5

Warrenton 14, Washington 6

Borgia 13, Maplewood-Richmond Heights 0 (forfeit)

*Union 32, Sullivan 19

*Pacific 20, St. Clair 18

*Hermann 52, St. James 20

Owensville 35, Cuba 8

*Wright City 36, Montgomery Co. 0

Friday, Aug. 29

Sullivan 30, Washington 8

Borgia 56, Union 13

Ozark 41, St. Clair 0

Potosi 34, Pacific 13

Hermann 54, Cuba 12

Blair Oaks 42, Owensville 0

St. James 36, Houston 18

Warrenton 28, Troy 0

Orchard Farm 36, Wright City 18

Friday, Aug. 22

Washington 26, St. Clair 21

Borgia 48, Owensville 12

Parkway West 49, Union 39

Pacific 28, De Soto 20

Park Hills Central 34, Sullivan 27

St. James 12, Cuba 6

Hermann 61, Montgomery Co 12

Warrenton 26, St. Dominic 23

Trinity 28, Wright City 24

Softball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at Notre Dame    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt N    4:30 p.m.

*Union at Owensville    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Warrenton    4:30 p.m.

Sullivan at Northwest    4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Dominic at Borgia    3:45 p.m.

*Union at Hermann    4:30 p.m.

*St. Clair at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

South Callaway at New Haven    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Union at Ft. Zumwalt N Tny    TBA

St. James Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt S    4:30 p.m.

Union at North County    4:30 p.m.

Warrenton at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

Principia at Sullivan    4:30 p.m.

Hermann at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

Owensville at Cuba    4:30 p.m.

St. James at Bourbon    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Borgia at Duchesne    4:30 p.m.

*Holt at Washington    4:30 p.m.

*Pacific at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Owensville at New Haven    4:30 p.m.

*Hermann at St. James    4:30 p.m.

Volleyball

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Sullivan at St. Clair    4:30 p.m.

*Washington at Ft. Zumwalt E    5 p.m.

*New Haven at Union    5:30 p.m.

*Pacific at Hermann    5:30 p.m.

*Owensville at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Washington at Duchesne    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at Owensville    5 p.m.

*Union at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

*Hermann at New Haven    5:30 p.m.

*St. James at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

O’Fallon Christian at Borgia    6:30 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    5:15 p.m.

Providence at Crosspoint    7:15 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

Saturday, Sept. 20

New Haven Round Robin    9 a.m.

ECC at Wentworth    1 p.m.

ECC vs. Graceland JV (Wentworth)    3 p.m.

Washington at Gateway Match Up    TBA

St. Clair at Seckman Tny    TBA

Monday, Sept. 22

St. Clair at Salem    5 p.m.

Bourbon at Sullivan    5:30 p.m.

Dixon at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

Cuba at St. James    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint at Bethel    5:30 p.m.

Crosspoint vs. Thomas Jefferson    6:30 p.m.

Hermann Tournament    TBA

Boys Soccer

Tuesday, Sept. 16

Crosspoint at Fulton St. Albans    4:30 p.m.

Tolton Catholic at Borgia    5:30 p.m.

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

Wednesday, Sept. 17

*St. Louis at ECC    4:30 p.m.

Union at Affton    5 p.m.

St. Clair at De Soto    5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

*St. Clair at St. James    5 p.m.

Dixon at Sullivan    5 p.m.

Borgia at Trinity    6:15 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 19

Eagle Ridge at Crosspoint    4:30 p.m.

Tolton at Fulton SA    5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

*Ft. Zumwalt S at Washington    10 a.m.

Crowder at ECC    2 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22

Hillsboro at Union    5 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 23

*Fulton SA at Thomas Jefferson    4:30 p.m.

North County at Union    5 p.m.

*St. James at Pacific    5 p.m.

*Borgia at St. Dominic    6:15 p.m.

CYC Tny    TBA

Cross Country

Thursday, Sept. 18

St. Clair at Lutheran North    4 p.m.

New Haven, St. James at Steelville Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

Festus Inv.    9 a.m.

Hermann at Fulton Inv    9 a.m.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Washington at Rolla Inv    4 p.m.

Union, Owensville, St. James at Belle Inv    4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Hancock Inv    8:30 a.m.

Pacific at Viburnum Inv    10:30 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

St. Clair at Elsberry Inv    4 p.m.

St. James at Dixon    4 p.m.

Girls Golf

Tuesday, Sept. 16

*Borgia at St. Dominic    3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 17

Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 18

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

Borgia at AAA Meet, Lutheran SC    TBA

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Washington at GAC Central Meet    TBA

Thursday, Sept. 25

*Duchesne at Borgia    3:30 p.m.

Boys Swimming

Saturday, Sept. 20

Borgia at Ft. Zumwalt W    8:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29

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

*Conference Games

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