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Strong Defensive Effort Isn't Enough as Archers Fall To Lincoln Land
September 24, 2012
St. Louis Community College men's soccer coach Dan O'Keefe made no mistake of the level of opponent his men's soccer team would be facing Saturday. The Archers traveled to 13th-ranked Lincoln Land College, likely the toughest regular season challenge of the year for STLCC.
The Archers played what O'Keefe described as their strongest defensive performance of the season, but fell 3-1 to the Loggers.
Freshman Edwin Butler (DeSmet) scored the only goal for STLCC, his first on the 2012 campaign.
Despite the loss, O'Keefe remained encouraged and focused on the coming week, when the team expects to begin preparations for the conference and regional slate of games.
"Despite losing 3-1, today was a confidence booster," O'Keefe said. The players have gained a lot more confidence over these last three weeks of the season. Our sophomores have really taken to this team and led by example. I have no doubt that it's coming together."
The Archers will receive a bit of a break in the schedule this week, and not a moment too soon for a roster that has been depleted through injury and penalty in the past two weeks. STLCC is expected to return to full strength this week. The Archers are off until Thursday, but will begin their postseason preparations in the meantime.
"We really start to focus on the playoffs next week," O'Keefe said. "We're going to up our fitness, up our tactical stuff."
The Archers will not be in action until they travel to Hillsboro, MO to play Jefferson College on Thursday, and will return home against East Central College on Sunday, Sept. 29.