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Archers’ Season Ends with Loss to Tyler

November 14, 2012

Alyssa Thiessen  
Freshman Alyssa Thiessen scored her first collegiate goal
in the Archers' 4-1 loss to Tyler Junior College in the
NJCAA Women's Soccer Tournament.

The St. Louis Community College women’s soccer team saw its banner 2012 season come to a close Tuesday in a 4-1 loss to defending national champion Tyler Junior College in pool play at the National Junior College Athletic Association Women's Soccer Tournament.

The Archers spotted Tyler a 3-0 lead before freshman Alyssa Thiessen (Seckman) scored her first collegiate goal on a free kick with 20 seconds remaining in the first half. That would be as close as STLCC would get, however, as Tyler regained its winning margin with a goal in the 52nd minute.
The Archers became the fourth team eliminated from the NJCAA Tournament, all of them the lowest seeds in their respective pools.

Despite the disappointment of the loss, head coach Juergen Huettner focused on the achievement of arriving at the national tournament, a feat highlighted by the fact that the Archers entered the year with 14 freshmen on their roster. With that level of success this year, it positions the Archers well for another potential title run next year.

“At the end of the game, I told the players to not forget how this feels,” Huettner said. “But if you look at where we started the year, we had some goals and we accomplished those. This has been a great experience against the best two teams we’ve seen all year. We have a young team coming back. At times today we had nine freshmen on the field at once, so we have a lot of high hopes for next year.”

Tuesday was also the final junior college game for seven STLCC sophomores—Katie Foytlin (Belleville East), Brittany Russell (Columbia, Ill.), Brooke Valleroy (Saxony Lutheran), Natalie Mayhall (Ritenour), Erin Lucido (Incarnate Word), Lauren Steele (Valley Park) and Meggin Werner (Mehlville). Huettner praised his sophomores for not only their production on the field, but in particular the example they set for the next crop of veteran Archers players.

“Our sophomores showed amazing leadership all year,” said Huettner. “I hope these freshmen learned from the sophomores how to lead a team, because this group did a great job.”

The Archers close season with a record of 16-5-1. The 16 wins are the most since STLCC athletics became districtwide last season. The soccer squad became the second districtwide STLCC team to reach a national tournament after the women’s basketball team accomplished the feat in 2011-12.