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Men’s Soccer Loses Chippy Game in Overtime

September 09, 2013

men's soccer goal pileup  

Players from both teams stage a goalmouth battle for possession in the Archers' 3-2 overtime loss to Crowder College.

In what was one of the more physical soccer games you could expect to see all year, St. Louis Community College fell 3-2 in overtime to Crowder College.

The Archers rallied to tie the game late in the second half, as sophomore forward Cullan O’Keefe knotted the game at 2-2 with a high shot near the crossbar from just inside the 18-yard box with 6:01 remaining in regulation.
Crowder won the game on a penalty kick in overtime, which was awarded following a hand-ball call against the Archers.

In a year that has started out rocky at times for STLCC, Saturday’s close match represented a significant step forward. The Archers held Crowder scoreless in the first half and advanced a game beyond regulation for the first time this season.

The game became increasingly physical late in the first half, and continued throughout, as 32 fouls and 10 total yellow cards were issued by the officials—six for the Archers and four for Crowder.

“There were some little nips called for yellows, and they really called everything they saw,” Cullan O’Keefe said.

The Archers held Crowder scoreless through the first half, despite allowing nine shots on goal, as freshman goaltender Austin Golden (Maplewood-Richmond Heights) turned in a solid performance in his first home start of the year.

While pleased with the efforts of Golden, head coach Dan O’Keefe sees plenty of room for his defensive unit to improve.

“We just give up too many easy chances,” O’Keefe said. “Our goalies, fortunate for us, are saving the day for us right now. For us to keep doing better, we can’t keep testing our keepers like this. It’s still a learning process, because we need to learn how to play smarter, play more poised and keep possession. We’re still floating people around in other positions, still in that portion of the season. At least we played we played with a little more determination today.”

The Archers have time to regroup before their next match, Thursday at home against Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. The match starts at 2 p.m.