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Early Deficit Proves Too Much for Archers Rally

September 07, 2012

Jesus Morales  
Jesus Morales

The Archers men’s soccer team has made a habit out of playing from behind in the season’s first two weeks. The team continued that trend Thursday in a 4-2 loss to St. Charles Community College by spotting the Cougars a three-goal first-half lead.

SCCC forward Tyler Johnson opened the scoring in the fourth minute, slipping his first shot of the day underneath a diving Allen Cox (Ritenour) after eluding an Archers defender. Johnson would add a second goal in the 30th minute on a penalty kick.

Perhaps the most frustrating goal of the day was the third, by Cougars forward Zach Heimann, who deflected a throw-in past Cox with just nine seconds remaining in the first half. That goal helped the Cougars to fend off a second-half surge by STLCC, as the Archers came within a goal of tying the match with goals from freshman midfielder Jesus Morales (Farmington) and sophomore forward Tolga Bolen (Turkey).

“We get ignited when we’re behind, but we’re really flat and lethargic at the start of the game,” head coach Dan O’Keefe said. “We have to change things.”