The Union High girls soccer team continued its march Tuesday toward a return trip to the Class 3 state tournament.
Union (25-1-1, No. 1 in the STLhighschoolsports.com small-schools rankings) scored twice in the first half and defeated Rolla 2-0 in a Class 3 sectional.
Junior defender Hailey Cloud scored the game-winner on a penalty kick and Ella Keltner added insurance on a long-range shot later in the first half.
“At this point in the season, a win is a win,” Union coach Matt Fennessey said. “We're happy to make it through on the winning side and without injuries. Rolla came in with a solid game plan and it worked out well for them. Unfortunately, it didn't leave them much of an offensive attack.”
Junior Hannah Olive earned the shutout in goal.
Union advanced to play host Glendale at 1 p.m. Saturday in a Class 3 state quarterfinal.
Incarnate Word 3, Westminster 0 • Senior forward Olivia Layton scored a pair of goals and added an assists as the Red Knights (18-5-1, No. 5 SS) rolled to victory in its Class 3 sectional at Westminster.
Layton's goals brought her season total to a team-high 27.
Junior midfielder Hanna Jones added the other goal on an assist from Layton.
“The girls really came out ready to go,” Incarnate Word coach Beth Sims said. “We controlled the ball well and kept them under pressure. (Layton) opened the scoring for us, stayed composed and buried one. She told me before the game, she felt good and was ready to go. We really worked the ball well, and peppered the goal with shots. It was a great team effort.”
Incarnate Word awaits the winner of the suspended game between Liberty and St. Dominic, which will resume from a 2-2 tie at the start of overtime at 4 p.m. Wednesday at St. Dominic.
Francis Howell Central 5, McCluer North 1 • A big second half carried the Spartans (14-8-1) to victory in a Class 4 sectional at the Eagan Center.
Sophomore midfielder Paige VanDaele scored the eventual game-winning goal to kick-start the offense in the second half.
Howell Central also got goals from junior midfielders Olivia Fong and Mackenzie Jones, sophomore midfielder Gillian Nicholson and senior forward Rayna Thomas.
Junior goalkeeper Caitlyn Brown made one save to earn the win.
“I thought our girls grinded out a tough win," Howell Central coach Eddie Mulholland said. “McCluer North made it very difficult for us to break through and hats off to them and their program. We finally got things going late in the game.”
Howell Central will now see a familiar set of faces in the quarterfinal round Saturday as sister school Francis Howell will be the opponent.
“We're really excited for the opportunity to play Howell,” Mulholland said. “Our conference has been unbelievable all year as a whole and we wouldn't be where we are without the competition throughout the season. (Howell) Coach (Brady) Demling does a phenomenal job and look forward to playing them Saturday.”
The teams have split games this season, with Howell Central winning 1-0 April 5 while Howell won at home 2-1 April 16.
Francis Howell 4, Hickman 0 • Senior midfielder Natalie Jackson scored twice and freshman midfielder Zoe Houston and Bailey Vermilye each added single tallies as the Vikings (12-8-1) rolled to victory in a Class 4 sectional.
Freshman Rylee Griffith earned the win in goal.
Lindbergh 2, Jackson 1 (OT) • Freshman midfielder Morgan Goodrich scored the game-winning tally as the Flyers won their Class 4 sectional on the road.
Lindbergh will play the winner of the suspended Nerinx Hall-Eureka game Saturday.
Cape Central 2, Windsor 1 • Junior Alyssa Weisner scored a second half goal to tie the score, but it wasn't enough as the Owls (11-13) fell in a Class 3 sectional.
Sophomore Piper Montgomery played in goal, making 14 saves.
“It was an evenly played game,” Windsor coach Mike Hutchison said. “Cape made one more critical play than we did.”