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Archers Regain Scoring Touch in Pair of Wins

October 01, 2013

Casey guttig  
Casey Guttig has scored six goals in the last two games for the
Archers to up her season total to nine goals.

Juergen Huettner is accustomed to having a potent offense at STLCC, but even by his standards, the last week has gotten out of hand.


The Archers piled up 17 goals in their last two games – a 4-1 victory over St. Charles Community College and a 13-0 bludgeoning of Illinois Central College.


The recent offensive surge showed a swift response by a team that was mired in an uncharacteristic scoring slump. The Archers were shut out in back-to-back games for the first time under Huettner in losses to Parkland College and Lewis and Clark Community College, a slump that led to the then-15th-ranked Archers being dropped from the national rankings. They responded by having little trouble taking their frustration out against St. Charles and Illinois Central. The Illinois Central game was the second time this season in which the Archers outscored their opponent by more than 10 goals on their home field.


Freshman forward Casey Gutting scored six goals over the two-game span to boost her season total to nine. Gutting has seen her offensive role grow rapidly following an early-season leg injury to sophomore forward Taylor Giese.


Sophomore captain and leading scorer Jessica Smugala (Seckman) added four goals against Illinois Central to establish a new career high with 15 goals on the year. Her 15 goals also elevated her to a four-way tie for the 16th-highest scoring total in the nation this year.  


Sophomore Donna Jolliff (Seckman) also had a prime role in the scoring spree, scoring once and assisting on three other goals against Illinois Central.


Freshman Kesley Hedges received credit for the win in goal for each game. Hedges faced just five shots on goal in the two games, turning away four of them.


The win improved the Archers to 8-4-1 on the season, which includes a 4-1 record at home. The Archers have dropped just two games at STLCC-Meramec since the beginning of last season.


STLCC will look to push its win streak to three this afternoon, when they travel to Kaskaskia Community College. They return home Friday for a 5 p.m. match against the College of Lake County.