Back-to-back trips to Southwest Missouri could be a daunting task.
The Union girls soccer team didn't seem to mind.
For the second time in as many games, Union traveled down Interstate 44 and rolled to a 4-0 win over Bolivar on Saturday in a Class 3 quarterfinal.
The Wildcats move into the final four for the first time in school history.
Wildcats coach Matt Fennessey said that the game's opening minutes held the key.
“We came out and we were ready to play right from the start,” Fennessey said. “We knew that Bolivar was going to be a tough team. We didn't want to give them any chances early on. We were able to get out to an early lead on a penalty kick and just didn't look back from there.”
Hailey Cloud converted a first-half penalty kick after Bolivar (19-2) was whistled for a hand ball in the penalty area.
Hannah Olive doubled the lead with a goal in the first half on an assist by Emily Gaebe, who scored before halftime to psuh the lead to 3-0.
“We were excited about the penalty kick happening early, but we didn't score again until late in the first half,” Fennessey said. “It was a big goal in the sense that it got us the lead.”
Gaebe scored again in the second half – her area-best 61st goal of the season.
Senior Lexi Garlock earned her area-best 16th shutout.
Union (21-1) will face Incarnate Word (21-6) in a state semifinal at noon Thursday at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City.
JACKSON 4, FORT ZUMWALT WEST 3 • A late surge wasn't enough for Zumwalt West (18-9) in a Class 4 quarterfinal match in Jackson.
Junior midfielder Maddie Crawford scored on a free kick with 33 seconds left, but it was too late.
“They played to the very end, they didn't quit,” Baldwin said. “I'd say we had a slow start but Jackson, they're a good team.”
West also received goals from senior midfielder Lauren Crane and sophomore forward Ashlyne Hunt.
Jackson (19-4), which will play Park Hill of Kansas City (20-3) in the semifinals, got two goals from Katelyn Miller. Natalie Miller and Ivy Guilliams also scored.
Baldwin was pleased with the progress of his team, which started the season with a 4-5 record.
“We had a slow start to the season, but the girls really didn't focus on any of that,” Baldwin said. “They just kept showing up to play, every single game.”
ALTHOFF 1, CHICAGO UNIVERSITY 0 • Senior midfielder Callison Ames came through with a second-half goal to help the Crusaders take third in the Class 1A state tournament.
Rachel Monken earned the win in goal.
Althoff (20-4-4) rebounded from a 4-0 loss to defending state champion Quincy Notre Dame in the semifinal round on Friday.