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Archers Fall to Lewis and Clark; Look Ahead to Final Stretch

October 02, 2012

Ryan Sanfilippo  
Ryan Sanfilippo scored the Archers' lone goal in
the Archers' 6-1 loss to Lewis and Clark.

Knowing his team would be facing one of its toughest opponents of the season, head coach Dan O’Keefe found himself in a predicament with his roster.

Largely due to a rash of recent injuries, O’Keefe was left with just a single available substitute on his bench for Tuesday’s game against Lewis and Clark Community College.

With so many key pieces unavailable and after allowing three first-half goals, the Archers were unable to mount a significant second-half comeback in a 6-1 loss.

Sophomore midfielder Ryan Sanfilippo (Hazelwood Central) scored the only goal of the day for the Archers with a penalty kick in the 69th minute.

“If you learn something from this game, you have to be far more tenacious on defense,” O’Keefe said. “The goals we’re giving up, no one ever gives us those. Still, we lost 6-1, but we didn’t quit.”

While Tuesday’s result was disappointing, things may be looking up for the Archers entering their final three games. With players nearing return from injury, O’Keefe is confident his team has not yet played its best soccer, and may well be poised to do just that in the regular season’s final week.

Ryan Delk  
Ryan Delk is one of four sophomores who will play
his final home game Oct. 9 against Southwestern
Illinois Community College.

“I have a feeling, with the mood and the sense I’m getting, that we’re going to have a strong finish,” O’Keefe said. “We play against Wentworth, then we have St. Charles, who we want to play again. Then we have SWIC. Those are teams we’ve looked forward to playing again.”

The loss dropped the Archers to 4-7-1 on the year, yet they still have an opportunity to reach the .500 plateau, if they’re able to win their final three games.

In addition to being the final home game of the season, next Tuesday’s contest against St. Charles Community College will mark the final home game in the careers of sophomores Sanfilippo, Ryan Delk (Ritenour) Tolga Bolen (Turkey) and Joe Iannazzone (Eureka).