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Women’s Soccer Victorious in Return to Heartland

September 19, 2013

Jessica Smugala  
Jessica Smugala scored a pair of goals in the Archers'
3-2 road win over Heartland Sept. 17.

The last time the St. Louis Community College women’s soccer team visited Heartland Community College, there was a fair amount at stake. The Archers defeated Heartland last November to advance to the NJCAA Tournament.


Entering Tuesday’s game, head coach Juergen Huettner hardly mentioned that victory to his players. With last year’s sophomore class gone, this year’s matchup bore little resemblance to 2012, except for the outcome.


Despite what Huettner classified as a subpar performance, the Archers emerged with a come-from-behind, 3-2 victory.


“To be honest with you, we went in there and we struggled with it,” Huettner said. “We went in a little too lightly. It was not our best game, but you need games like this in the middle of the season.”


After sophomore forward Jessica Smugala opened the scoring in the 20th minute, Heartland responded twice to take a 2-1 lead into the half. Smugala countered with her second goal of the game for the equalizer, and fellow sophomore Donna Jolliff netted the winner late in the second half.


After scoring 12 goals as a freshman, Smugala is on pace to shatter that mark. Her two goals Tuesday were her 10th and 11th of the season.


Jolliff, who was a consistent contributor offensively last year, opened this year as the anchor of the team’s defense. Jolliff was moved back to the forward position late against Heartland and promptly provided an assist on the tying goal as well as scoring the game-winner.


“In the second half, we moved Donna up top, and it obviously paid off for us,” Huettner said.


The win improved the Archers to 6-2-1, as they have won six straight games. Next up for the Archers is Parkland College today (Sept. 19), who represented the only team to defeat STLCC at home last year. The Archers will return home Monday against Lewis and Clark Community College.


“Parkland, like last year, is going to be a very big game for us,” Huettner said. “Parkland and Lewis and Clark will be good measuring sticks for this team.”