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Archers Knock Off Danville to End Skid
September 11, 2012
|Ryan Sanfilippo notched the game-winning
goal as the Archers beat Danville 3-2 to end a
four-game losing streak.
The St. Louis Community College men’s soccer team grabbed a much-needed home victory Tuesday (Sept. 11), holding off Danville Community College 3-2. The win marked just the second time in which the Archers held their opponent to two goals or fewer.
Despite dominating the first 30 minutes of the first half, Danville grabbed a 1-0 lead, before the Archers responded with goals by sophomore Tolga Bolen (Turkey) and freshman Jesus Morales (Farmington) just before halftime.
Danville would notch the equalizer early in the second half, but freshman forward Ryan Sanfilippo (Hazelwood Central) registered the game-winner for the Archers.
The win improved STLCC to 2-5 on the year, and was noteworthy because of the Archers’ ability to respond to both the first-half deficit, and Danville’s tying goal in the second half.
“The positive is we came back on both occasions,” head coach Dan O’Keefe said. “We played with more desire, and that’s the positive we take from this game.”
|Tolga Bolen heads up field with defensive help
from Andrew Branca.
O’Keefe remains encouraged by the early-season progress his team has made, as they adjust to the rigors of the collegiate season and the level of competition the NJCAA offers.
“One thing they have been surprised about is how good our opponents have been,” O’Keefe said. “(But) they do want to be successful, and it just hasn’t all come together yet.”
Part of that progress is knocking off Danville, who defeated the Archers in overtime last season.
With the team gaining momentum in the season’s third week, O’Keefe looks forward to gauging the Archers’ progress against regional opponents the second time around.
“We can’t wait to play Lewis and Clark again, St. Charles again, and SWIC. We want to measure ourselves against them,” O’Keefe said.
The Archers will host Northeast Oklahoma A&M at 4 p.m. contest Sept. 13 at Florissant Valley.