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Men’s Soccer Falls to East Central as Defense Struggles

October 01, 2013

Men's soccer captain  
The men's soccer team suffered a 6-2 loss to East Central
Sept.29 and look to rebound Oct. 1 against St. Charles Com-
munity College.

In a season that has included an up-and-down offensive output, the Archers have often looked to strong defensive performances to carry them. Sunday’s showing did not receive the latter, as STLCC fell to East Central College, 6-2 on Sunday.

 

Freshman goaltender Austin Golden (Maplewood-Richmond Heights) was under siege for much of the afternoon, facing 15 shots on goal.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

 

“There’s not much to say other than that they’re coming at me hard,” Golden said. “It didn’t go the way we wanted, but it’s just one game. We’ll look forward to moving on.”

 

Golden has seen a sharp increase in playing time since fellow freshman goaltender Josh Hampton (Sikeston) was converted to the field in order to improve the team’s defense. The move has been mostly positive for STLCC, as Golden has secured both shutout victories on the season.

 

Hampton was a difference-maker for a portion of the first half against East Central, before receiving a red card for an intentional hand ball. The hand-ball call resulted in a penalty kick goal by East Central’s Vadim Cojocov, who finished the day with three of the team’s six goals.

 

“It was kind of just a reaction, where I threw my hand up and knocked it out,” Hampton said. “I’ve got a goalie mindset, so I just flicked it out.”

 

Adam Brockhaus and Culan O’Keefe each converted a second-half penalty kick for the Archers. The two goals were the most by STLCC since scoring three times in a 4-3 loss at Lewis and Clark Community College on Sept. 14. The six goals allowed was the third-highest total for the Archers this year.

 

The loss dropped the Archers to 2-10-1, and was an unfortunate step backward after a 1-0 shutout at Danville Community College on Sept. 26. The Archers will look to return to the win column today, when they host St. Charles Community College at 4 p.m. The Archers play a road game Thursday against Jefferson College.