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Bolen, O’Keefe lead men’s soccer to first win of 2012

August 28, 2012

Following a 3-0 loss to Southwestern Illinois College on Saturday, Archers head coach Dan O'Keefe implored his team to be more aggressive offensively. His team heeded that call in a 4-2 win Monday, as the Archers peppered Lewis and Clark with shots on goal early and often, led by sophomore forward Tolga Bolen and freshman forward Culan O'Keefe.

Bolen opened the scoring in the 12th minute, punching in his first goal of the year off a corner kick. He would add another early in the second half.

"(Coach) is right, we needed to be more aggressive, and today we were," Bolen said. "Our team is so young, that we just need to get used to each other."

After ending the first half in a 1-1 tie, the Archers began the second half on the attack, scoring twice within the half's first five minutes. Bolen added his second goal of the game in the 47th minute, and O'Keefe scored his first collegiate goal one minute later. After Lewis and Clark narrowed their deficit to one with a penalty kick, O'Keefe responded two minutes later to provide the Archers with the winning margin.

O'Keefe, the son of head coach Dan O'Keefe, received high praise from his dad following the two-goal performance.

"It came together for him today, and I get on him all day," O'Keefe said. "Today, his turns were good, his shots were good, he was playing intense. He's the kind of player you have to stay on."

O'Keefe, who collected his first victory as coach of the STLCC men, was encouraged by the level of focus and drive from his team in the second half. This, after his team struggled mightily to mount an offensive attack in the second half against SWIC.

"They may have played on adrenaline in the second half," O'Keefe said. "They were pumped, they were psyched, and you could see it in their eyes. They were not going to lose."