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Fatigue Sets in as Archers Fall 6-1

September 21, 2012

Richard Brown  
Freshman Richard Brown scored the lone goal for
the Archers in a 6-1 home loss to Metropolitan
Community College-Maple Woods Sept. 20.

Dan O’Keefe wasn’t about to lose any sleep over this game. Minutes after watching him team struggle to a 6-1 loss at home to Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods, O’Keefe had no trouble putting the game behind him and looking forward.

“It’s already behind us,” O’Keefe said. “It was our eighth game in 16 days, and it looked like it. When you watched them through the game, they were just spent.”

The Archers were playing without freshman forwards Edin Husejinovic (Mehlville) and Culan O’Keefe (McCluer), who had amassed multiple yellow cards in previous games. Additionally, the Archers used multiple players who were nursing injuries and performing at less than 100 percent. The result was a game that saw STLCC fall behind 2-0 early, before Maple Woods took advantage of Archer defensive breakdowns late to pull away.

Freshman midfielder Richard Brown (McCluer) scored the game’s only goal for STLCC, a header off a corner kick early in the second half. Goalies Allen Cox (Ritenour) and Jeffrey Shipman (Kirkwood) shared time in net Thursday, with each allowing three goals.

The loss ended what was a four-game unbeaten streak for the Archers, the longest such streak the team has seen in the past two years. The loss dropped the team’s season record to 4-6-1. However, given the circumstances of this week and the Archers’ recent success, the team won’t have to worry about any effects of this loss lingering for long.

“I’m not upset where we are right now,” O’Keefe said. “I know today was tough, but it was one of those days where nothing is going to go right for you and everything is working against you. It’s the nature of the game sometimes.”

The Archers will look to return to their winning ways Saturday (Sept. 22), when they travel to Springfield, Ill., to take on a talented Lincoln Land Community College team. The Loggers are 5-1 and ranked 13th nationally in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association poll.