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Archers’ Eighth Straight Win Sets Up Rematch with Lewis and Clark
October 03, 2012
|Meggin Werner shut down the MCC-Maple Woods
attack in the second half of Tuesday's 5-1 win.
Following the first 45 minutes of Tuesday’s 5-1 win over Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods, Archers head coach Juergen Huettner was less than pleased. STLCC and Maple Woods were knotted 1-1 after that first half, despite the Archers out-shooting their opponents 9-1 and missing multiple other scoring opportunities.
Those opportunities translated into results in the second half. Sophomore defender Katie Foytlin (Belleville East) provided the Archers with the go-ahead goal off a free kick in the 53rd minute. Jessica Smugala (Seckman) scored twice, and forwards Erin Lucido (Incarnate Word) and Julia Medina (Nerinx Hall) each scored once.
“The first half, we just had three or four crystal-clear opportunities that we did not finish,” Huettner said. “We cannot do this against good teams and let teams hang around. That second half, we picked it up and played faster with a sense of urgency.”
The Archers’ five goals on Tuesday continued their recent offensive surge, which included a 7-1 win over Lincoln College on Saturday.
The second half also saw an increased workload for sophomore goalie Meggin Werner (Mehlville), who denied all eight Maple Woods shots on goal in the half. Werner, who has shared netminding duties all season with freshman Apolonia Thomas (Cape Girardeau Central), has embraced the dual goalkeeper approach employed by Huettner.
“I think it’s going to help the team out in the long run, because if we have two (goalies) prepared, it’s a lot better than having just one,” Werner said.
The win sets up a key matchup today (Oct. 3) against Lewis and Clark Community College. In their previous meeting, the season opener, Lewis and Clark had its way with the Archers, knocking off STLCC 5-0. Today’s game at Meramec will give Huettner and his players a key barometer for just how far they have come since August.
“As a coach, I love opportunities like this,” Huettner said. “You get a second chance; you’ve got a good team. I like it, and I hope my team feels the same way. It will be fun to see how far we’ve come along.”