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Men’s soccer picks up first win

September 06, 2011

Joe Woneswith  
Joe Woneswith

It took a little longer than head coach Mike Mayberry would have preferred, but the St. Louis Community College men’s soccer team collected its first victory of the season Saturday in a 2-0 shutout of Neosho College.

Sophomore forward Joe Woneswith led the charge offensively for the second straight game. Woneswith began the scoring in the 11th minute by hooking a high-arcing shot into the upper-left corner of the goal, giving the Archers an early lead they would not relinquish.

“We capitalized on our opportunities,” Woneswith said. “We just want to hit the net every time. When we get an opportunity like that, we have to finish. It was good to see that today.”

Sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Essenpreis (Lebanon, Ill.), making his first start since the season opener at Danville College, turned away all four shots on goal en route to his first shutout of the season. Most of Essenpreis’ action came under heavy duress in the midst of a 1-0 game.

“He’s really strong, and it seems like the nastier things get for him, the more impressive he looks,” Mayberry said of his keeper. “He stood up to every test.”

The Archers finally secured the win when freshman forward Kale Ward (St. Charles West) drilled home an insurance goal in the 87th minute.

“Aside from about 20 minutes in the second half, we played well, and the guys who came in off the bench actually gave us a boost and it really helped us in the second half,” Mayberry said.