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STLCC Men Tie Northeastern Oklahoma A&M

September 14, 2012

In what was perhaps their best performance and competition to date, the Archers took a 2-1 lead into the final 25 minutes of regulation, before finally playing Northeastern Oklahoma A&M to a 2-2 draw.

After the Norsemen grabbed their only lead early in the first half, the Archers responded with goals by freshman midfielder Jibril Anifowoshe in the 31st minute, and sophomore defensive back Ryan Delk (Ritenour) just one minute later.

Freshman Jeffrey Shipman (Kirkwood), who has seen the majority of his time as a midfielder this season, was pressed into duty as a goalkeeper in the first half, as starter Allen Cox (Ritenour) left with an ankle injury.

Shipman held the Norsemen to just one goal over 95 minutes, including two overtime periods in his first collegiate action in goal.

“You just have to step up and do your job,” Shipman said. “In practices and before games, the (starting) goalie and I warm up together in case something like that happens. It happened today.”

The Archers saw the nip-and-tuck affair become increasingly chippy in the overtime periods, with three yellow cards handed out, including two to STLCC players. While seeing frustration boil over with his players is not something head coach Dan O’Keefe looks for, the level of intensity his team brought into the game is.

“We played with the most intensity of any game this year,” O’Keefe said. “We played with intensity and skill. It’s a work in progress. When we saw what we had with this team August 1, we knew that there is something there, and we were going to keep developing it. Today was our best all-around game. We made two mistakes and they scored two goals. Everybody is going to make mistakes, but today, we really limited them.”

The tie improved the Archers to 2-5-1 on the season. Their next action comes Saturday, when they host Wentworth Military Academy at 2 p.m. at Florissant Valley.