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STLCC Women Gain Second Straight Shutout

September 11, 2012

Katie Rapisardo  
Katie Rapisardo scored her first collegiate goal
despite sustaining a broken nose over the weekend
to pace the Archers to a 2-0 win over St. Charles
Community College.

Though the score was only 2-0, the outcome was never really in doubt for the STLCC women’s soccer team on Tuesday against St. Charles Community College.

The Archers commanded the game from the outset, controlling the ball in the offensive third of the field for nearly the entire contest.

Freshman forward Katie Rapisardo (Mehlville) opened the scoring in the 21st minute with her first collegiate goal, just one game after sustaining a broken nose Saturday against Heartland Community College. Rapisardo, who was cleared to play the morning prior to the game against St. Charles Community College and had not yet had the nose re-set, showed no ill effects from the injury.

The key to the Archers maintaining control throughout was not the performance of solely the forwards, midfielders or defense, but rather the cohesiveness of all three units.

“Everybody was working together,” Rapisardo said. “We’ve been working in practice on the offense and defense working together, the defense pushing up. It’s a team effort. If one person doesn’t do their job, it’s all messed up.”

There was nothing messed up about the Archers’ showing against the Cougars. Freshman goalie Apolonia Thomas (Cape Central) earned her second consecutive shutout, but picked this one up the easy way. The Archers did not allow a single shot on goal, and collected 13 of their own.

Brooke Valleroy  
Brooke Valleroy prepares for a throw-in against St.
Charles Community College. 

Freshman forward Taylor Giese (Seckman) added an insurance goal in the second half, allowing a defensive unit which had already been performing well to play with additional comfort.

“As a defender, it helps me to sit back and relax a bit, because we can keep the pressure in their end and we already have our shape down,” sophomore captain Kaitlin Foytlin (Belleville East) said.

Head coach Juergen Huettner credits, in part, the Archers’ tough early-season schedule, which left the team outscored 10-1 in its first three games, for helping along the team’s quick progress.

“This is two games in a row where we just flat-out dominated,” Huettner said. “Early on in the season we played some tough teams, and I think that’s paying off right now. St. Charles has always been great competition for us, so coming out here today, to literally dominate a game the way we did, I give a lot of credit to having an early on tough schedule.”

The win improved the Archers to 2-2-1 on the season. They will get their first opportunity to move above .500 on Thursday, when they travel to Belleville, Ill., for their first of two meetings this season with Southwestern Illinois College.