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Women’s Soccer Season Ends in Region XVI Title Game
October 31, 2011
St. Louis Community College’s women’s soccer team just wouldn’t give in.
Despite injuries, red cards and early-season struggles in goal, Juergen Huettner’s team not only managed to keep its head above the .500 plateau, but also advanced to the Region XVI championship game. It took a bout with second-seeded Metropolitan Community College-Blue River Saturday to end what was an impressive late-season run. Blue River scored three first-half goals en route to a 3-0 defeat of the Archers to claim the Region XVI title.
As the fourth seed in the tournament, STLCC had reached the title game by upsetting top-seeded MCC-Maple Woods 2-1 in the first round Friday. Sophomore forward Erica Kaiping (Waterloo, Ill.) provided both goals for the Archers. After a bit of a slow start, Kaiping put together a stellar offensive season, finishing with a team-most 14 goals, in addition to seven assists. Kaiping’s best work came following a season-ending injury to freshman forward Johnna Randick (Fox), who led the Archers at midseason with seven goals.
Another productive starter was goalie Meggin Werner, (Mehlville) who replaced Beth Hatley (Mascoutah, Ill.) early in the season and turned in a solid freshman campaign. Werner finished the season with a 2.12 goals-against average in 20 games.
The Archers concluded their season one game over .500 at 11-10.
In addition to its playoff run, the team also managed a significant haul in postseason awards. Kaiping, sophomore defenders Allison Ring (Incarnate Word) and Lauren Spina (Loyola Academy) were named to the MCCAC All-Conference first team. Second-teamers included freshman midfielders Katie Lanciault (Festus) and Katie Foytlin (Belleville East), as well as freshman forward Brittany Russell (Columbia, Ill.).
Foytlin led in assists with 17. Hatley had the lowest goals-against average at 1.492.