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Archers Beat Lewis and Clark for 10th Straight Win

October 03, 2012

Katie Rapisardo  
Katie Rapisardo booted in the first goal for the Archers
in a 2-0 shutout of Lewis and Clark Community College
Wednesday.

The difference over the past six weeks could not be more apparent for the St. Louis Community College women’s soccer team. The very same team that found itself on the wrong end of a 5-0 game at Lewis and Clark Community College Aug. 28 now has won 10 consecutive contests, including Wednesday’s 2-0 victory in a rematch with the Trailblazers.

Head coach Juergen Huettner, who declared his team’s performance over the last month to be the best he has seen at the junior college level, could not have been more pleased with the team’s performance in their signature win over Lewis and Clark.

“You play a team who beat you 5-0 the first time you played them, and you come out here and beat them 2-0, that’s a seven-goal swing,” he said. “I think you just have to tip your hat to the girls.”

In the initial matchup, Lewis and Clark often appeared the more aggressive, cohesive and skilled team. The Archers succeeded in each of those areas Wednesday. Freshman forward Katie Rapisardo (Mehlville) set the tone for the afternoon with a goal in the second minute, and STLCC would never look back.

Apolonia Thomas  
Apolonia Thomas came up with a key first-half save
in nets for the Archers, and shared a shutout with
Meggin Werner in Wednesday's 2-0 win over Lewis
and Clark.

The game’s most pivotal play, however, came from freshman goalie Apolonia Thomas (Cape Girardeau Central). With just three minutes remaining in the first half, Thomas dove to her left to prevent what appeared to a sure tying goal. That shot represented Lewis and Clark’s best scoring opportunity in the first half.

“It’s a huge save, a game-turning save,” Huettner said. “If that goal goes in, who knows what happens.

The game becomes a crapshoot. Right now, we feel really good about our goaltending.”

Freshman forward Donna Jolliff (Seckman) provided the Archers with an insurance goal with a header early in the second half. Lewis and Clark was unable to put together a legitimate scoring opportunity with sophomore Meggin Werner (Mehlvile) in goal in the second half.

While the Archers had nine other wins entering Wednesday’s game, this victory provided a true measure of just how far they have come since the season opener.

“It just proves how good of a team we really are,” Jolliff said. “We’ve always been a good team, and the fact that we can come together and gel together and not quit, it’s a great feeling.”

With their win the previous day, the Archers (10-2-1) secured the top seed in the Region XVI Tournament later this month. STLCC will look to continue its winning streak with three games next week, beginning with a home game against Parkland College on Tuesday (Oct. 9).