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Women’s Soccer Squad Wins Region XVI Title

October 22, 2012

Goalie Thomas  
Goalie Apolonia Thomas shut out Metropolitan
Community College-Maple Woods in the Archers'
1-0 win in the Region XVI championship game

In what served as a promising next step for a talented the St. Louis Community College women’s soccer team, the Archers completed a pair of 1-0 wins Friday and Saturday to secure the Region XVI title.

The Archers captured the regional title game with a 1-0 win over Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods on Saturday.

“It’s neat, and it’s very rewarding,” head coach Juergen Huettner said following the regional title. “For us to get the No. 1 seed and then win the regional, that’s very rewarding for a young team.”

The Archers, who fell in the Region XVI championship to MCC-Blue River last year, responded by shutting out Maple Woods and semifinal opponent St. Charles Community College in a pair of defensive-oriented contests this time.

In the championship tilt Saturday, freshman forward Jessica Smugala (Seckman) scored with an assist from freshman forward Donna Jolliff (Seckman) to notch the game’s only goal in the 22nd minute. Freshman goalie Apolonia Thomas (Cape Girardeau Central) and the Archers’ defensive unit took over from there, denying Maple Woods’ last offensive push in the final 20 minutes.

Jolliff also played a leading role in helping the Archers reach the championship game, as she scored a second-half goal the previous day to provide the winning 1-0 margin over St. Charles.

Donna Jolliff  
Freshman Donna Jolliff scored the game-winning goal against St.
Charles Community College and assisted on Jessica Smugala's
winner in the Region XVI championship Saturday.

Huettner noted that while the Archers performed well against regional opponents in the regular season, his team’s standing as the region’s top seed guaranteed they would see the best game of the year from both St. Charles and Maple Woods.

The win marked the first time in the last six years that a top seed emerged as the champion of the region.

The Archers now await the winner of Region XXIV, which is a talented bracket that includes Parkland College, Southwest Illinois College and Kaskaskia Community College. While the Archers defeated SWIC twice this year, and also knocked off Kaskaskia, Parkland was responsible for ending what was a 10-game STLCC winning streak earlier this month.

Given the talent of that region, and the recent history with STLCC, the Archers are expecting a considerable challenge regardless of their opponent.

“We feel like we can play anybody, and it’s going to be a battle no matter what,” Huettner said. “Whoever comes out of that region is going to be a top-notch.”