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Archers Impressive in Home Opener

September 03, 2013

Alex Adelman  
Alex Adelman, right, passes off in front of a Maple Woods defender in the Archers' 6-0 home-opening win Sept. 3.

It didn’t take long for the St. Louis Community College women’s soccer team to pick right up where they left off in home games last season.

The Archers dominated Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods to the tune of a 6-0 victory in the team’s home opener Sept. 3 to collect their first victory of the season. STLCC dropped just one game at home all of last season.

Sophomore midfielder Katie Rapisardo got the scoring going with a goal in the 10th minute. Sophomore forwards Donna Jolliff and Taylor Giese also added first-half goals.

Instead of sitting on that ample early lead, the Archers finished strongly, with three more goals in the
second half.

“You never know with one or two goals, or even three goals, they can always come back from that,” Giese said. “Almost everybody on this team is about (scoring), so it becomes a goal of ours to see how many we can get.”

The Archers have highlighted their team’s depth in the early going, and that was a key factor against Maple Woods, with the six goals coming from six different players.

“Our bench last year was a little iffy, but it’s nice no to have players this year who come in and take your spot and not lose anything,” said sophomore captain Jessica Smugala, who added a goal on a deflected shot from Rapisardo early in the second half.

Sophomore forward Sammi Merlotti and freshman defender Casey Gutting added their first goals of the season late in the second half.

Freshman goaltender Kelsey Hedges played all 90 minutes in net and earned her first collegiate shutout, having to make only one save along the way.

Tuesday’s performance came at the heels of a 0-2-1 showing in Florida last week. Despite their overall record in those games, the team was competitive throughout. The tie came in a 1-1 draw with Eastern Florida State College, who finished second in the nation a year ago. Their final game was a 4-3 loss to Polk College, another perennial NJCAA power.

“Playing four-year schools in the preseason and then playing a tough schedule in Florida, we figured we would be prepared for the season and today, we almost made it look easy at times,” head coach Juergen Huettner said. “I think if you look at the last 20 minutes of the first half and the last 20 minutes of the second half, you saw we dominated the game. This is a balanced team with a balanced bench. We had some close games (in Florida) and we wanted a ‘feel-good’ game, and that’s what we got today.”

2012 Archers Honored

During a brief pregame ceremony, members of the 2012 women’s soccer team were honored with the unveiling of a banner near the scoreboard, signifying their Region XVI championship and NJCAA Tournament appearance from a year ago.

Returning from that team this season are Apolonia Thomas, Lauren Guerrero, Donna Jolliff, Taylor Giese, Jessica Smugala, Colleen McComish, Katie Rapisardo, Brittany VanDerLeest, Sammi Merlotti and Annie Miskovic.

2012 Champs  
CReturning members of the 2012 Archers' Region XVI championship team were honored before the season opener Sept. 3