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Men’s Soccer Drops Overtime Thriller to SWIC

October 16, 2013

Austin Golden  
Freshman goalie Austin Golden prepares to make a save in the Archers' 2-1 overtime loss to Southwestern Illinois College Oct. 16.

Less than three minutes into the team’s final home game of 2013, the St. Louis Community College’s men’s soccer team looked as if it would bring the regular season to a close on a high note.

Sophomore forward Culan O’Keefe notched his fifth goal and 13th of his Archers career just two minutes, 36 seconds into the game against Southwestern Illinois College.

However, that would be the only goal the Archers scored on the afternoon. STLCC sawits lead erased with just 1:09 remaining in the first half, when Brandon Slewa scored his first of two goals on the day. Slewa punched home the game-winner just 21 seconds into overtime.

“We just have mental lapses,” Archers head coach Dan O’Keefe said. “If we would have gotten it to 2-0, it would have been a whole different game. When we let them back into the game and they scored with a minute left, then it came back to get us.”

The Archers had few scoring opportunities in the second half, had just a single possession in overtime before Slewa slipped his shot to the left of freshman goalie Austin Golden.

Wednesday’s game yielded a similar result to recent meetings between STLCC and SWIC. The two teams played to a 1-1 tie in their first game of the year, on Aug. 24.

“We did a lot of things better today, but we made a lot of mistakes,” O’Keefe said. “I thought it was a pretty good game, but we let them back in it.”

The Archers will conclude the regular season on Monday, when they travel to Lebanon, Ill., to take on McKendree University’s junior varsity.

News and Notes

  • The Archers honored their nine sophomore players during halftime of Wednesday’s game.
  • Wednesday was also designated as the team’s “Breast Cancer Awareness” game. Players wore pink socks and pink-lettered warm-ups to signify the event.