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Women's Soccer Team Remains Upbeat Despite One-Goal Loss to Close Preseason

August 25, 2011

Though she and her teammates were unable to pull off a preseason victory against Webster University, sophomore forward Erica Kaiping (Waterloo) knew the latest performance by the St. Louis Community College women's soccer team was anything but a failure.

Despite notching just one goal in the 2-1 loss, STLCC showed drastic improvement offensively as the game wore on, including a one-minute flurry that included a shot off each goal post, as well as one that banged off the crossbar.

"We were really confident once we hit the post," Kaiping said. "We saw that we would have chances."

Though the Archers struggled with finding more iron than net in the game, Kaiping did notch the game's only goal for the Archers, which tied the game briefly in the second half. Minutes later, Webster freshman Kristin Montgomery buried the game-winner, her second goal of the game.

The game, which began in 98-degree heat, was broken into four 20-minute quarters, as opposed to the regulation 45-minute halves. Archers head coach Juergen Huettner was pleased with his team's ability to play through the conditions, and even improve as the game wore on.

"I thought we played four periods well," Huettner said. "Offensively, very strong with a lot of chances. I think we invested a lot into trying to tie the game, and that opened up an opportunity (for Webster). But we started getting more confidence as the game went on and I'm very encouraged."

The one-goal loss was a stark contrast to the team's preseason opener on August 19, an 8-0 loss to McKendree University.

The women will look to capitalize on the momentum gathered by that improvement on Friday, when they become the first STLCC team to open its regular season this fall. The Archers will host Allen County College at the Meramec campus. Huettner was successful in last season's meeting with while serving as the head coach of Forest Park's women's soccer program. Forest Park defeated Allen 5-0.