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Archers Battle Jaguars, Field Conditions in 2-1 OT Loss

August 29, 2011

St. Louis Community College men’s soccer coach Mike Mayberry expected Danville Community College to be a tough place for his team to open the season. That assumption proved to be correct, as the Archers fell 2-1 in double overtime on Aug. 27.  

Danville, with the aid of a handball call inside the 18-yard box with two minutes remaining in the second overtime, was awarded a penalty kick. The Jaguars converted to secure the victory. That goal overshadowed a strong performance from sophomore goaltender Ryan Essenpreis (Lebanon, Ill.), a second-team All-Region XVI selection from last year. Essenpreis nearly delivered a shutout for the Archers, but the Jaguars knotted the score at 1-1 with 17 seconds remaining in regulation.

Freshman forward Ricky Schmermund (McCluer) provided STLCC’s only goal, the first of his collegiate career, in the first half to give the Archers an early 1-0 lead. 

“I felt like everybody continued to play well,” Mayberry said. “I don’t think there was a systematic breakdown. I don’t think there were any particular weak spots as a team. It’s tough to play at their place. That was the bigger issue than anything we did incorrectly.” 

In particular, the choppy Danville playing surface posed an obstacle for the Archers, both in dribbling and passing throughout the game. 

“I think anywhere where we can keep the ball on the ground and get a true roll of the ball, we like our chances,” Mayberry said. “It was almost as if it had rained baseballs on the field. But we both had to play on the same field, and they adjusted better than we did.” 

Next up for the Archers (0-1 overall) is the home opener against Jefferson College (1-0) on Tuesday (Aug. 30). This will mark the first of six consecutive home contests for the Archers, who will not hit the road again until Sept. 20. Jefferson College won its season opener on Aug. 26, with a 4-0 victory over Allen Community College.

Mayberry expects Jefferson to be a difficult early test for the Archers. 

“Jeffco is always really solid,” Mayberry said. “I expect them to be tactically sound. They always have a plan that they do a good job of sticking to.”

Game time on Tuesday is 4 p.m. at Florissant Valley.