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Soccer Teams Shut Out Northeastern Oklahoma A

September 13, 2013

Harry Russell  
Harry Russell gains control of the ball in the Archers' first win of the
season, 3-0 over Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.

Thursday served as a healthy pick-me-up for both STLCC soccer teams.

The men were coming off a hard-fought, 3-2 loss in overtime to Crowder College, and were still in search of their first victory of the season.

The women, while winners of their previous four games, struggled through much of their 1-0 win over Southwestern Illinois College after averaging five goals per game in their first three wins.

The two teams combined to exorcise any recent struggles by outscoring Northeastern Oklahoma A&M 14-0.

The men received goals from sophomores Jesus Morales, Cullan O’Keefe and Adam Brockhaus, while freshman goaltender Austin Golden collected his first collegiate shutout in their 3-0 win.

The Archers had been making incremental progress toward Thursday’s win. Preceding Thursday’s game was the overtime game against Crowder and a 1-1 tie against SWIC in the second game of the year. Wednesday’s three goals established a season high for STLCC.

The women wasted no time in outperforming their offensive output against SWIC. Sophomore forward Lauren Guerrero opened the Archers’ scoring just one minute, 18 seconds into the first half. Guerrero’s teammates opened the floodgates from there, as STLCC led 6-0 at half en route to an 11-0 victory.

The Archers were rather diverse in their offensive attacks, with eight different players accounting for the team’s 11 goals. Sophomore Jessica Smugala and freshman Emily Costantini each scored twice.

“Against Southwestern Illinois College, we left a lot of scoring opportunities out there,” women’s coach Juergen Huettner said. “Today, the kids came out and obviously wanted to do a bit better than they did against SWIC. The impressive part is not just scoring 11 goals, but the really broad scoring. I think today we just really clicked better than we have recently.”

The men will return to action Saturday at Lewis and Clark Community College, where they will look to avenge a 4-0 loss in the season opener for the two teams. The women will hit the road for games at Heartland Community College in Normal, Ill., on Monday, where they earned a spot in the national tournament a year ago.

Emily constantini  
Emily Constantini, left, scored a pair of goals in the Archers' 11-0 win over Northeastern Oklahoma A&M.