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Archers Blanked by St. Charles

September 21, 2011

Mike Mayberry had seen this game before.

Immediately following a 1-0 loss to St. Charles Community College on Tuesday (Sept. 20), the St. Louis Community College men’s soccer head coach was again frustrated by a series of missed opportunities that could have put the game out of reach in the second half.

In the first half, St. Charles had the majority of the chances, but was held scoreless due in part to a stellar performance from starting goalkeeper Ryan Essenpreis (Lebanon, Ill.).

Mayberry was complimentary of both Essenpreis and Kevin Cooksey (St. Dominic), who relieved Essenpreis in the second half. Cooksey allowed the game’s only goal on a shot from the edge of the 18-yard box by St. Charles sophomore Taylor Yocum, who was aided by a two-on-one rush to set up the shot.

“Ryan’s a strong keeper, and that goal Kevin gave up, there’s really not a whole lot he could have done about that,” Mayberry said.

As for the Archers’ offense, STLCC was stymied by St. Charles sophomore goalie Austin Haywood, who produced a myriad of spectacular saves to keep the Archers at bay. Even so, the Archers remained displeased with their finishing kick, a recurring theme from the team’s past three games, all one-goal losses.

“We had a lot of shots either go just wide or right at their goalie,” freshman forward Kale Ward (St. Charles West) said.  “We keep getting opportunities, but we just need to finish them.”

The Archers will get their next opportunity this weekend, when they travel to the west side of the state to face Metropolitan Community College-Blue River and MCC-Maple Woods Friday and Saturday.