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Women’s Soccer Looks to Regain Momentum after Recent Struggles

September 25, 2013

Lauren Guerrero  
Lauren Guerrero breaks past a Lewis and Clark defender in the Archers' 3-0 loss Sept. 23.

Juergen Huettner expected this week to represent a key barometer for where his team would stand by midseason. Due to a rash of recent injuries and subpar showings against stiff competition, the results were not what Huettner was hoping for. The Archers fell 3-0 to both Parkland College (Sept. 19) and Lewis and Clark College (Sept. 23).

“The loss to Parkland, I thought that was going to be a tough one,” Huettner said. “They had a good team last year and have a good team again this year. Against Lewis and Clark, we obviously expected to play better than we did. We lost to a good team.”

The Archers lost to both teams last year as well, with the Parkland game representing the Archers’ lone loss at home in 2012.

The consecutive shutouts were the first ones suffered by the Archers this year, and marked the first time STLCC has been shut out in back-to-back games under Huettner. Though a disappointment, Huettner hopes the losses serve as a useful notification of where his team needs to be in the coming weeks.

“When you have a loss, there’s always a feeling of disappointment, especially when you have a team that you think is good enough to win those games, and we feel that way,” Huettner said. “But then we’ve got to sit back and see what does work and what doesn’t work, and what doesn’t work on your team only shows if you play top-notch teams.”

The Archers, whose offensive struggles have not been helped by recent injuries, will look to return to their previous winning ways Thursday (Sept. 26) when they travel to St. Charles Community College. The Archers have not lost to St. Charles since dropping a 4-1 game on Sept. 21, 2011.

STLCC hosts Illinois Central College Sunday (Sept. 29) in a match that gets under way at noon at the Meramec campus.