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Archers Capture Fifth Straight Win

September 19, 2012

Donna Jollif  
Freshman Donna Jollif notched her first collegiate goal
and assisted on three others as the Archers blanked
MCC-Blue River 6-0 Tuesday.

Following a string of four consecutive wins, all by two goals or fewer, the Archers determined they could do without the drama of a close game.

Freshman forward Jessica Smugala (Seckman) collected her second consecutive hat trick, and the Archers breezed to a 6-0 win over Metropolitan Community College-Blue River.

“I just have more drive and more confidence now, “ Smugala said. “After three goals (last game) and three goals today, it definitely helps boost my confidence.”

Freshman forward Donna Jolliff (Seckman) played alongside Smugala throughout the afternoon, and contributed three assists and, after being shut out over her first seven games, scored her first collegiate goal.

“I got it. It feels great, and knowing that I (also) got Smugala her three goals just made it even better,” Jolliff said.

Freshman midfielder Julia Medina (Nerinx Hall) and freshman forward Samantha Merlotti (Brentwood) also scored second-half goals.

Freshman Apolonia Thomas (Cape Girardeau Central), who has played the majority of the time in goal during the recent winning streak, was relieved by sophomore Meggin Werner (Mehlville) in the second half. Werner had little work, as Blue River was unable to mount a second-half offensive threat.

The convincing victory came as a bit of a surprise to some players, as the Archers fell to Blue River in the Region XVI Tournament a year ago. The outcome was never in doubt on Tuesday.

“We expected this to be a tough game, and that’s what helped us come out the way we did,” Smugala said.

After a brief tough start to the year, the Archers have outscored their opponents 16-3 in their last five games.

With five consecutive victories, the Archers now look ahead to four days off ahead of a trip to Miami, Okla., on Sunday when STLCC will take on Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. The Norsewomen have won four in a row and are 5-1 overall, and will pose a significant early-season challenge for the Archers.

“It’s a tough game for us,” head coach Juergen Huettner said. “If you look at what they’ve done, they’ve beaten teams very handily that they lost to last year, so they have a turnaround situation going on there. It’ll be a difficult game for us. We’ll have to stay focused here. “