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Archers Fall in Final Tune-Up for Postseason

October 17, 2011

Tyler Sucher  
Sophomore forward Tyler Sucher played his
final regular-season match for STLCC Saturday
as the Archers fell to Dakota County Tech 3-1.

In St. Louis Community College’s final regular season tune-up, the Archers showed flashes of why they could be a handful in the postseason.

However, mixed in with the team’s fast start offensively were too many mistakes in the midfield and in the defensive half of the field, as the Archers fell 3-1 to Dakota County Technical College in the regular-season finale.

The Archers jumped out to a fast start offensively, with sophomore forward Joe Woneswith scoring his team-high seventh goal of the season in just the game’s fourth minute. The Archers carried that slim lead into halftime, but faltered thereafter. Dakota County tied and took the lead within a two-minute span, with the go-ahead goal coming on a penalty kick.

The game took on an increasingly chippy tone in the second half, and that would play a role in how STLCC head coach Mike Mayberry managed the remainder of the game. With the Archers getting called for four yellow cards, Mayberry pulled back the reins with many of his starters, ensuring the Archers will have their full lineup when postseason play begins.

Following the game, Mayberry was eager to look ahead.

“We used today’s game to see how everything would look in the postseason,” Mayberry said. “I like the fact that we were in every game.”

One of those games the Archers were in was against East Central on Sept. 6. The Archers held a 1-0 lead before eventually falling 2-1. STLCC will get its shot at redemption Saturday, when the two teams will oppose each other in the Region XVI opener.

Sophomore goalie Ryan Essenpreis (Lebanon, Ill.) figures to get the start in net against East Central. Essenpreis and freshman Kevin Cooksey (St. Dominic) have split the time in goal almost evenly throughout the regular season, including Sunday. Despite that arrangement in the regular season, look for Essenpreis to receive the lion’s share of the minutes in goal from here on out.

Erik Weigel  
Defender Erik Weigel was among the 13
sophomores who played their final home game
Saturday in a 3-1 loss to Dakota County Tech.

“Ryan will be the guy we go with in goal in the postseason,” Mayberry said. “Unless there’s a matchup that we think is better for Kevin, we’ll give Ryan the first opportunity.”

Notes

Thirteen STLCC sophomores — Essenpreis, Woneswith, Nick Donley (Duchesne), Andrew Wood (Mehlville), Tyler Sucher (Mehlville), Joe Tibbles (Seckman), Tuka Duarte (Recife, Brazil), Erik Weigel (Fox), Greg Stevens (Oakville), Matt Wood (Mehlville), Jeremy Cutright (Valley Park), Zach Schuchardt (Vianney) and Yinka Joel (Hazelwood West) — were honored at halftime for their time at STLCC. All except for Donley, who attended Lewis and Clark Community College last year, attended STLCC for two years.