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Union and Xavier set to Clash in 1A Girls Soccer Semifinals

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Over the next 3 days, 8 teams will compete for a shot at being Iowa's best. The 1A 2009 Girls State Soccer Championships kicked off from Muscatine with two intriguing matchups. We'll start off with unbeaten Union playing a thriller against Waverly-Shell Rock.

In the first half,  BOTH TEAMS HAD SCORING OPPORTUNITIES EARLY......WSR TAKING ADVANTAGE...CLAIR WADDING POUNDS IT HOME WITH THE LEFT FOOT... GO HAWKS OUT TO A 1-0 LEAD

 CLAIR WADDING said,

 "I try to back up my players and I was just trying to be there for them and when it came I just knew to hit and it worked."

2H- WITH THEIR BACKS TO THE WALL...THE UNION KNIGHTS HAD SOME FIGHT IN THEM...GAVE THEM SELVES CHANCE AFTER CHANCE... HERE CATHY REITER CENTERS OFF THE CROSSBAR

SAME SCORE...WE'RE IN THE 74TH MINUTE...DARIAN POWELL TAKES A GREAT BALL FROM LAUREN BAUER AND BEATS THE KEEPER...THAT'S THE EQUALIZER...WE ARE HEADED TO OT

IN THE EXTRA FRAME OFF THE CORNER...EMILY WILLIAMS WINDS UP...DEFLECTED...BUT ITS CATHY REITER THERE ON THE REBOUND...AND THAT'S A GAME WINNER!

CATHY REITER said. "I just turned and kicked it and luckily it went in. We just knew we could do it and it always just takes us one goal to get it going and once Darian scored that goal we were going and we knew we had it."

FOR UNION WIN NUMBER 21 THE TOUGHEST ON A PERFECT YEAR SO FAR...BUT THEY'RE EXCITED TO SURIVIVE AND ADVANCE

IN THE OTHER GAME THREE TIME DEFENDING 1A CHAMP CEDAR RAPIDS XAVIER TRAILING DAVENPORT ASSUMPTION 1-NILL IN THE FIRST HALF

BUT THEY'D GET THE GOAL RIGHT BACK...HERE A 2 ON 1...COLLEN BOUCHARD FINDS KATHRYN METTENBERG WHO DRILLS IT IN OFF THE CROSSBAR...1-1

MOMENTS LATER...LOOK WHERE MEGAN KONCHAR SHOOTS THIS THING FROM... YOU OUTTA GET 2 POINTS FOR THIS...INTO THE NET...AND THAT'S ALL THE SCORING XAVIER WOULD NEED AS THEY ADVANCE WITH A 2-1 WIN

 MEGAN KONCHAR said,

"We knew the competition would get closer but it shows a lot about our character for us to go down one and come back and win".

IN MUSCATINE JASON EPNER, IOWAS NEWSCHANNEL 7

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