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Women’s Soccer Opens Season on Disappointing Note

August 29, 2012

Juergen Huettner sure didn't see this coming. A week following a strong defensive performance against Webster University to close the preseason, the Archers struggled throughout a 5-0 loss to Lewis and Clark Community College in the season opener for STLCC.

"I definitely expected this to be a game," Huettner said. "But they had, I think, eight shots on goal and scored five goals. You give up eight shots and five goals, you're going to be in deep trouble in any games."

The Trailblazers wasted little time in taking command of the game, scoring four times in the first half. By the second half, the game was essentially in hand as the Archers struggled to muster a successful offensive threat. Sophomore defender and captain Katie Foytlin was reflective on the loss, and was quick to note the early-game breakdowns in the defensive half of the field.

"We need to work on back post stuff, we need to work on the back run," Foytlin said. "They didn't have that many shots on goal; they just finished what they got."

The Trailblazers proved difficult to defend with a balanced attack, as all five goals were scored by five different players.

Offensively, the Archers coaching staff has tinkered with different midfield and forward combinations since the preseason, but sophomore midfielder Brooke Valleroy dismissed any notion of the shuffling contributing to communication breakdowns. "A lot of these girls already played together (in high school) and they know the instinct of where everyone's going to be, and that's what we're going to try to do as a team, is be universal with everybody and know where they'll be at all times."

The Archers will return to action Friday, as they begin a two-game swing in Melbourne Florida. Huettner is eager to put this game behind him, but acknowledged that there are no breaks readily available in the schedule's first week this year.

"We're going to practice, and we're going to go to Florida, and obviously, that's not going to be any easier," Huettner said. "But we learn more as a team in a 5-0 loss than we would by winning 8-0. This just prepares us better for the season."