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Men's soccer season off to slow start

September 03, 2013

Under the best of circumstances, last week's schedule of games would have been a significant challenge for St. Louis Community College's men's soccer team. With the team's performance lacking a bit in the early going, the Archers returned home winless from their weekend tour of the Southeast.

The Archers were outscored 12-1 in losses to Spartanburg Methodist College (South Carolina) and Georgia Perimeter College.

"Georgia Perimeter was the best team we've seen so far," Archers head coach O'Keefe said. "The forwards we've played against this year are better than any of the forwards we played last year."

Despite the quality of last week's opponents, O'Keefe did not let his own players off the hook, and expects their performance to see a sharp uptick in the coming weeks.

"The whole problem this weekend, and this season, is that we come out and do not play anywhere near our level, and that's to a player," head coach Dan O'Keefe said. 'Were just not playing with the skill and determination that we're capable of. Once we give up early goals, (the opposition) gets more and more confident, and we're playing on our heels."

Spartanburg and Georgia Perimeter posed a physical mismatch for the Archers, who continue to search for an offensive spark. Archers freshman Carlos Burbano scored in the ninth minute against Georgia Perimeter to briefly tie the game at 1-1, but the Archers' momentum ended there in a 7-1 loss.

"We've got to do a better job in transition, and the players recognize that," O'Keefe said. "Offensively, we've got to move up. Our players know that, to a man, they're not playing to their ability right now. We've played some good teams, but we're just not giving them much resistance."

The Archers (0-4-1) won't see the field again until Saturday, when they take on Crowder College at Florissant Valley. Game time is at noon.