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Schlichtig Scores Hat Trick as Archers Rout ACC

August 29, 2011

Not surprisingly, Jessica Schlichtig said she had never achieved a hat trick at the collegiate level before last Friday’s 4-0 season-opening win over Allen Community College.

After all, the sophomore defender for the St. Louis Community College’s women’s soccer team hadn’t played offense since scoring 10 goals two years ago as a senior at Bayless High School.

But Schlichtig was able to complete the three-goal performance Friday, scoring once on a free kick and twice on penalty kicks.

The Archers scored all four times on dead-ball situations, with the first goal coming on a header by freshman Brittany Russell (Columbia, Ill.) off a corner kick to give STLCC a 1-0 advantage at the 20:27 mark in the first half. The Archers were never really tested beyond that point, at least on the scoreboard.

Head coach Juergen Huettner was pleased by his team’s offensive performance after an encouraging showing against Webster University in STLCC’s final preseason game.

“I think coming out against Webster the way we did carried over to today,” Huettner said. “It was nice to see us score the way we did, with four goals off dead-ball situations. The goalkeepers didn’t get tested much. I think the defense did an excellent job.”

The game was marked by physical play throughout, resulting in five total yellow cards, including three for Allen County. Sophomore midfielder Jena Shaw (Washington, Mo.) and freshman midfielder Johanna Randick (Fox) each received a card for STLCC.

The rough play became particularly apparent after sophomore forward Erica Kaiping (Waterloo, Ill.) was forced to leave the game in the first half with an apparent head injury following a collision with Allen sophomore Caroline Denague. Denague was issued a yellow card on the play, leading to Schlichtig’s first goal, on a penalty kick.

Schlichtig said the Archers made an effort to keep their emotions under control during the game.

“We like to play hard, but we don’t want it to get to a ‘nasty’ hard,” Schlichtig said.

Furthermore, the Archers were already controlling the game, both in the tempo and on the scoreboard. Allen was forced to contend with the ball in their defensive half of the field for the majority of the match.

Despite the win, Schlichtig elected to keep her focus pointed on the team’s need for improvement as the season wears on.

“I’m excited, but I think we can get even better,” Schlichtig said. “We have a lot of talent on this team.”

Schlichtig certainly proved that right away.

Soccer Notebook

  • Huettner described Kaiping’s injury as a possible mild concussion. He did not rule her out today’s (Aug. 29) match at Parkland College, pending clearance from the team medical staff.
  • The Archers emptied the bench, deploying all 21 players in the victory over Allen. Goalies Joyce Endicott (Notre Dame), Meggin Werner (Mehlville) and Beth Hatley (Mascoutah, Ill.) combined for the shutout.
  • The Aug. 29 game at Parkland College marks the first of four consecutive road games for the Archers, who will return home against Northwestern Oklahoma A&M on Sept. 10.