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Archers Tie Webster in Preseason Finale

August 22, 2012

Annie Miskovic  
Annie Miskovic netted the only goal in the Archers' 1-1
tie with Webster.

Taking advantage of back-to-back preseason games to ready his team for the season opener, St. Louis Community College head coach Juergen Huettner did plenty of tinkering with his lineup Tuesday against Webster University.

Huettner’s shuffling saw freshman defender Annie Miskovic (Oakville) score her first collegiate goal while playing midfield, punching in a rebound from fellow freshman Taylor Giese (Seckman).

“We’re still looking for some combinations, some different things we can do,” Huettner said. “(Assistant coach) Alex McDonald put the outside midfield at forward, and the forward at outside midfield, and we threw Annie in the middle. It made a big difference. Annie made a nice run, and then you had Taylor on the outside wing make the extra attacking play. By moving things around a bit, we opened up possibilities for us.”

Huettner was very encouraged by his defense, particularly the play of sophomore defender Katie Foytlin (Belleville East), who figures to be a prominent leader among what is a freshman-laden defensive unit. The Archers were challenged early by a quality Gorloks team, as they faced seven shots on goal and turned away numerous other attacks in the first half. STLCC held Webster scoreless until Freddie Brandt gave the Gorloks a short-lived lead off of a corner kick in the 47th minute.

The Archers, who dropped their preseason opener the previous day to NCAA Division II opponent McKendree University 4-1, rebounded quickly. Miskovic responded with the equalizer 12 minutes later.

The Gorloks saw only limited scoring opportunities in the game’s final minutes, securing the 1-1 tie.

“We played a very tough McKendree team yesterday and today, another strong competitor in Webster, and we felt very comfortable yesterday today with our defense,” Huettner said. “Our defense is solid.”

Russell Returns

The most encouraging sign of the day did not involve a goal scored or an opponent’s shot on goal denied. Sophomore forward Brittany Russell (Columbia, Ill), who underwent an emergency appendectomy less than two weeks ago, saw more than 30 minutes of time on the field Tuesday. Russell was originally expected to miss four weeks.

Russell played on the wing for the majority of her time on the field, and did not shy away from contact.

Russell acknowledged a bit of minor discomfort in her return to the field, but expects to be ready for the Archers’ season opener next Tuesday at Lewis and Clark Community College.

“It’s a little painful every now and then, but overall, I’m doing OK out there,” Russell said. “Even getting pushed around, it doesn’t hurt much.”

Huettner admired his sophomore forward’s determination to return to the field, even if she is yet 100 percent.

“It’s really impressive to see Brittany come back from an injury that quickly,” Huettner said. “I know she wants to play more, but for her just to be out there on such short terms is enough. It speaks for her pretty well.”

Werner Named Starter in Goal

Goalkeeper Meggin Werner (Mehlville) entered the preseason as the odds-on favorite to return as the team’s starter in goal, and cemented that standing with an impressive preseason performance. The sophomore netminder received a strong endorsement from Huettner following a stellar first half against Webster, when she was unscored upon while turning away seven shots. Huettner was pleased with the progress of his two freshman goalies, but pointed to Werner’s experience and readiness to contribute right away as her key advantage.

“Obviously, Meggin has the most experience, and she showed it,” Huettner said. “Flawless is probably a strong word, but it was close to a flawless game for her today. Not to take anything away from the other two, but with what we saw in the two preseason games, Meggin is clearly the starter. She wants it, she has the confidence, she’s a sophomore, and she has the confidence of the coaches.“

As a freshman, Werner received a vast majority of the available time in goal, logging more than 1,500 of the 1,900 minutes played by the Archers last season. Werner posted a goals-against average of 2.12 in 20 games.