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Union Grove sweeps rival Luella

By Doug Gorman

dgorman@news-daily.com

The Union Grove soccer teams displayed plenty of offense and some very stingy defense Friday night at home against arch-rival Luella.

In the end, Union Grove swept the Region 2-AAAAA matches, both by shutouts as the girls' team won 7-0 and the boys' team won 4-0.

Union Grove 7, Luella 0: The Lady Wolverines set the tone early against the Lady Lions scoring three goals in the first 10 minutes of the game and extending it to a 5-0 margin by the end of the first half.

Union Grove won the game despite being without their head coach Cody Guined who was away so he could attend a wedding.

Still, the coach kept tabs on the game via cell phone conversations, and his team went out and produced.

Ashley Nagy found the back of the net four times to led the Lady Wolverines in scoring.

"The early goals helped us," Nagy said. "This was a big win for us because now we are in second in the region insted of third."

The Lady Wolverines improved to 13-2-1 overall and 6-1 in Region 2-AAAAA action.

"It's good because now we get home field advantage,' Nagy said.

Luella dropped to 10-4 and 5-2.

Kristyn Thacker added two goals and Nikki Lefevre also added a goal to help the Union Grove cause.

Union Grove boys coach Mark Matthew filled in to coach the girls in Guined's absence.

Union Grove 4, Luella 0 (boys): The Union Grove boys scored two goals in the first half and added two more in the second half to win the Region 2-AAAAA game.

It took just 12 minutes for the Wolverines to score the first goal of the game when Jesus Brito scored on a pass from Brandon Rich.

Union Grove then added goals on back-to-back penalty kicks as Robert O'Neill scored in the 24 minute of the game in the first half. and Conner Curran gave his team a 3-0 lead in the second half.

With just two minutes left in the game, Derrick Odhiambo added some insurance with the final goal of the game.

Luella had a couple of chances to score but failed to convert. Luel Waktola just missed late in the game when he shot the ball wide. Chris Perrier just missed getting to the ball inside the goal box in the second half.

It was a tough physical game as both team were whistled for two yellow cards each in the second half.

""We kind of broke their backs with the two penalty kicks," Matthews said. "This was a good win for us heading into the playoffs."

With the win, Union Grove snapped a three-game winning streak against Luella and improved to 13-3 overall and 6-1in the region. Luella dropped to 10-4 and 4-2.