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Men’s Soccer Looks to Regain Momentum after Two Straight Losses

September 18, 2013

Culan O'Keefe  
Culan O'Keefe (right) has scored two goals and assisted on two others for the Archers in the past three games.

After collecting its first win of the season in a 3-0 home victory over Northeastern Oklahoma A&M last week, the STLCC men’s soccer team finds itself in a bit of a rut.

The Archers dropped a 4-3 decision to Lewis and Clark Community College on Sept. 14 before falling 4-1 to Jefferson College on Monday (Sept. 16).

While the losses dropped the Archers to 1-7-1 on the season, the Lewis and Clark game revealed a much more encouraging storyline.

The game represented the second meeting of the year between the two teams, with the first being a 4-0 Lewis and Clark rout in the Archers’ season opener. Eight games later, and the Archers are seeing their offense produce at a much improved clip, with seven goals in the last three games.

By contrast, the Archers scored just two goals in their first five games. Sophomore forward Culan O’Keefe has taken a leading role in the offensive resurgence, scoring two goals and assisting on two others in the past three games.

In an effort to provide a bit more offensive punch, head coach Dan O’Keefe has deployed freshman goaltender Josh Hampton (Sikeston) to the midfield.

Much of the Archers’ success will now hinge on the team’s ability to limit opposing offensive chances. Hampton and fellow freshman goaltender Austin Golden (Maplewood-Richmond Heights) have been challenged often throughout the first half of the season, resulting in four goals allowed per game through nine matches.

STLCC will look to stem the opposing offensive tide this weekend, when they travel to Kansas City for games against Metropolitan Community College’s Maple Woods and Blue River campuses.