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Smugala in Midseason Form as Archers Knock Off Webster University

August 22, 2013

Taylor Giese  
Taylor Giese maneuvers around a defender in STLCC's
3-2 win over Webster University at the St. Louis Soccer

Each year, St. Louis Community College women’s soccer coach Juergen Huettner puts together a slate of challenging preseason matches, and this year has been no different.


However, the Archers’ performance in those games has certainly seen a sharp uptick recently. In perhaps the most encouraging step forward STLCC could take in a preseason game, the Archers knocked off perennial NCAA Division III contender Webster University 3-2 at the Anheuser-Busch Soccer Park on Thursday (Aug. 22).


The Archers had scheduled the Gorloks for a preseason game each of the last three years. This represented the Archers’ first victory.


Sophomore forward Jessica Smugala (Seckman) gave Archers fans reason to believe her 12 goals last year was only a tune-up for this year. Smugala scored all three of the Archers’ goals Thursday, including a penalty kick for the game-winner.


Sophomore Katie Rapisardo (Mehlville) added an assist on the Archers’ first goal, and freshman Casey Gutting (Ursuline) contributed her first collegiate assist on Smugala’s second goal.


“I think we’re obviously, talent-wise, farther along than we were the last two years,” Archers assistant coach Alex McDonald said. ‘Not to downplay any players in the past, but each year, our talent has improved.”


Thursday’s win followed a 1-0 loss to Greenville College in the team’s preseason opener on Tuesday, a game that provided a stepping stone of sorts for Thursday’s win.


“We got a chance to move everyone around, and we saw a lot that we liked,” Huettner said following the loss to Greenville. “We just need to develop our chemistry on the field a bit.”


That chemistry appeared to be at play in the team’s win on Thursday.


The Archers will conclude their preseason slate against McKendree College on Sunday (Sept. 1), before opening the regular season next week in Florida, where they will face Cerritos College, Polk Community College and Eastern Florida State College (formerly Brevard Community College). The team will return home against Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods on Sept. 3.