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Kaiping, Werner Lead Archers to Second Straight Win

October 05, 2011

Meggin Werner  
Goalie Meggin Werner

Entering Tuesday’s game against Missouri Valley College, the St. Louis Community College women’s soccer team had relied heavily on its offense to be the defining factor in its victories.

That changed Tuesday, with freshman goalkeeper Meggin Werner (Mehlville) making four saves in the final five minutes to hold off a late rush by Missouri Valley and hang on for a 2-1 win.

“She won the game for us today,” head coach Juergen Huettner said of Werner. “Our goaltending today was outstanding.”

After shuffling goalies for the first half of the year, Huettner has appeared to settle on Werner, who lowered her goals-against average to 2.24 in 11 games.

Sophomore forward Erica Kaiping (Waterloo, Ill.) provided all the offense for the Archers, scoring her seventh and eighth goals of the season.

Erica Kaiping  
Forward Erica Kaiping

Kaiping’s first goal came in the 24th minute, giving STLCC a brief 1-0 lead. Missouri Valley forward Floxy Owere responded just four minutes later with the equalizer, sending the game to halftime tied 1-1.

“That’s what she’s there for,” Huettner said of Kaiping. “Her scoring had been down for most of the season, but she’s picked it up lately.”

Since the Archers lost forward Johnna Randick (Fox) to a season-ending leg injury last month, STLCC has had to look for other avenues for scoring. Kaiping has been one of the options to step up, even if she’d rather deflect the credit.

“In a way, yeah, but the whole team knew they had to step up,” Kaiping said about her need to add scoring to replace Randick.

With the win, the Archers (7-6) moved back above .500 for the first time since beating Heartland College on Sept. 24. It was also the first time STLCC has recorded consecutive victories since winning three in a row between Sept. 3 and 10. The Archers will look to match and surpass that streak this weekend, when they travel to Kansas City to take on Metropolitan Community College-Blue River and MCC-Maple Woods.

Notes

The Archers wore special pink-numbered jerseys for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. St. Louis Community College’s Athletics department is supporting the Susan G. Komen Foundation with “Play for a Cure” Week. The department is selling T-shirts for $12 to commemorate the week, with all proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. For more information, click here.