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Archers fall to Crowder in Region XVI Tournament

October 24, 2011

Greg Stevens  
Sophomore midfielder Greg Stevens tallied
STLCC's only goal in a 4-1 loss to Crowder in
the Region XVI Tournament Saturday.

St. Louis Community College’s men’s soccer season came to an abrupt end Saturday, as the Archers fell to Crowder College 4-1 in the opening round of the Region XVI Tournament.


In a trend that persisted throughout the year, the Archers had a few early scoring opportunities that went unfulfilled. Those opportunities loomed large in the second half, as Crowder cruised in what was a scoreless game at halftime.


“The game was similar to every game we’ve played this year,” head coach Mike Mayberry said. “We all felt like we had the game in control. We were just unable to score.”


The once-scoreless game unraveled in the second half, as Crowder scored four consecutive goals to take control of the game. Sophomore midfielder Greg Stevens (Oakville) added the Archers’ only goal late in the second half.


The Archers completed their first season under St. Louis Community College’s new consolidated athletics format with a 6-11 mark. The Archers will lose 13 sophomores to graduation, including starting goalie Ryan Essenpreis (Lebanon, Ill.) and leading scorer Joe Woneswith. Mayberry, however, remains confident his team will be in a solid position next season with the team he has returning, combined with next year’s recruits.


“We have a lot to replace, but we feel like we’re in a good spot for next year,” Mayberry said. “The guys that are coming back are strong players, and if the leads we’ve made (on recruits) come to fruition, we should be in a good position.”