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Offense Struggles as Men Drop Season Opener

August 22, 2013

Josh Hampton  
Josh Hampton made eight saves in this collegiate debut for
the Archers.

Dan O’Keefe was able to take solace in the fact that Thursday was just the first step in what will likely be a vastly improved year two at the helm of the St. Louis Community College men’s soccer.

Still, that first step represented a significant struggle.


The Archers fell 4-0 to Lewis and Clark Community College Aug. 22, as STLCC managed just three shots on goal on the afternoon, including one in the second half.


“We’re not quite clicking yet, and our combinations aren’t quite set,” O’Keefe said. We have to be a bit more of a precise team, and eventually we’ll get there.”


After remaining scoreless in the early going, the Archers fell behind when Lewis and Clark forward Melvin Beckett scored in the 23rd minute. Beckett assisted on a goal by Jeffery Cameron in the 42nd minute, and the 2-0 lead would prove to be too much for the Archers to overcome. Cameron would add a second goal late in the second half.


Freshman goaltender Josh Hampton (Sikeston) made eight saves on the day and kept the Archers in the game until Lewis and Clark added two goals in the final five minutes.


“I just don’t think you can ever sit on (a lead),” Lewis and Clark head coach Tim Rooney said regarding the way his team finished out Thursday’s game. “You sit on a 2-0 game, all of a sudden it can be 2-1 and then somebody hits a silly bomb and it’s tied. I thought when we got the third (goal), we’d be in good shape. But I thought their keeper did a good job. We had some chances to get that third goal earlier in the game, and we didn’t because of his play.”


O’Keefe had little trouble keeping things in perspective following the loss. One early setback against a quality program will do little to deter what appears to be a talented Archers team in 2013.


“We have two major things to take away from today,” O’Keefe said. “One is we have to learn how deep to play and how much spacing to allow. These guys were flat-out fast. And we just have to become more precise defensively, and will be.”