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STLCC Men Continue Progress; Stretch Unbeaten Streak to Three

September 17, 2012

Ryan SanFilippo  
Ryan Sanfilippo scored a pair of goals in the Archers'
4-1 win over Wentworth Military Academy Saturday.

In a season that began slowly, the St. Louis Community College men’s soccer team has continued to show incremental progress after the second week of September. The Archers continued their upward trend Saturday, as they won 4-1 over Wentworth Military Academy in a game that they controlled all afternoon.

The Archers led 2-0 by halftime, and only briefly saw their lead cut to a single goal in the second half.

Freshmen Ryan Sanfilippo (Hazelwood Central) and Edin Husejinovic (Mehlville) each scored two goals in the victory.

Head coach Dan O’Keefe was encouraged by his team’s progress in the offensive half of the field, but remains steadfast in his assessment that his team’s full capability offensively has not yet been shown.

“When we push up like that and we have that much time of possession, our next phase is to get really hungry, and I need people to step forward and be the guy to say, ‘I’m going to score that goal,’” O’Keefe said. “We need more people like that, and I think we’re getting there.”

The Archers are now 2-0-1 in their last three games, and are also undefeated when they have held their opponent to two goals or fewer.

Jeffrey Shipman  
Jeffrey Shipman relieved injured starting goalie Allen
Cox in the second half of Saturday's game against
Wentworth Military Academy and held the opponent
scoreless.

For the second straight game, freshman goalie Allen Cox (Ritenour), who is nursing an ankle injury, was unable to complete the entire 90 minutes in goal. Freshman Jeffrey Shipman (Kirkwood) replaced Cox in the second half and held Wentworth scoreless.

O’Keefe praised the work Shipman did in relief, while also noting that the team’s progress defensively is ultimately what will keep opponents from reaching the back of the net.

“(Cox) is going to be game-to-game, but I think if we limit their chances (offensively), we don’t have to depend on a goalie, and I think we’re doing a better job of that,” he said.

Next up for the Archers are games against Metropolitan Community College-Blue River on Tuesday (Sept. 18), and against MCC-Maple Woods Thursday (Sept. 20). The pair of games against MCC opponents will conclude a string of five consecutive home games for the Archers.