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Women’s Soccer Ready for Postseason Play

November 01, 2013

Taylor Tosovsky (14) and the Archers are the top-seeded
team in the Region XVI Tournament that opens today.

After completing the regular season with a 2-0 win over St. Charles Community College, the St. Louis Community College women’s soccer team prepared to embark on what they hope will be a second consecutive national tournament appearance.

The road to that tournament remains steep, however, and will begin today when they play Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods at 2 p.m. today in the opener of the Region XVI Tournament.

This will be the second meeting of the year between the two teams. In their last meeting, on Sept. 6, the Archers defeated Maple Woods 6-0 in what was the beginning of a six-game winning streak for STLCC.

Now 12-5-1, the Archers, who enter the tournament as the region’s top-ranked team, look to go on a similar postseason run that had them competing among the nation’s elite a year ago.

The Archers concluded the season by losing only one of their final eight games, despite having their depth tested during the second half of the season due to a recent rash of injuries. The Archers lost sophomore forward Taylor Giese early on, and as she was returning, also saw high-scoring freshman Casey Gutting miss time due to injury. Following the season-ending win over St. Charles, head coach Juergen Huettner complimented his team’s ability to withstand the injuries, though they have taken a bit of a toll.

“Things have been looking a little bit smoother, but by the same token, we’ve had a few injuries, we lost a bunch of players,” Huettner said. “The quality of the players is there, but the chemistry at times is lost when you lose a player. It’s always seemed like when we have a good group out there, someone gets injured and you can’t use them.”

One of the Archers’ recent bright spots has been the play of freshman goaltender Kelsey Hedges. Hedges has played the majority of the second half of the season, and has performed capably in that role. She notched a shutout in the regular season finale. In 12 games, including five starts, Hedges has been scored upon just seven times for a goals-against average of 0.92.

“I think Kelsey did a good job as a backup at first, and now we don’t really have a starter, we’ll just go day to day,” Huettner said. “But she’s had a couple nice saves and she’s done a nice job for us overall. You really can’t say anything negative about what she’s done.”

The Archers enter today 2-0 in Region XVI openers under Huettner.