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Archers Upset Trailblazers; Head to Second Straight NJCAA Tourney

November 10, 2013

Celebration  
The celebration is on for the Archers, including, from left, Sierra Fuchs, Kaley Bell, Jessica Smugala and Katie Rapisardo after they defeated Lewis and Clark 1-0 to win the District D title and advance to the NJCAA Women's Soccer Tournament for the second straight year. Rapisardo scored the game's only goal.

Behind a defensive-oriented approach and a late goal from sophomore midfielder Katie Rapisardo, St. Louis Community College defeated Lewis and Clark 1-0 to advance to its second consecutive NJCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament.

Rapisardo scored the game’s only goal in the 82nd minute, and the Archers, led by sophomore goaltender Apolonia Thomas, fended off the Trailblazers for the final eight minutes to secure the District D playoff win.

Katie Rapisardo  
Katie Rapisardo takes a corner kick for the Archers. She scored
the game's only goal in the 82nd minute to send STLCC to its
second straight NJCAA Tournament.

The victory was an about-face for the Archers against Lewis and Clark. STLCC faced the Trailblazers twice during the regular season, losing both times by a combined score of 9-2.

Archers head coach Juergen Huettner credited those games for preparing them for Sunday’s victory.

“The biggest difference is, to play a team a third time – if they’ve beaten you twice, there’s really no reason for them to change much,” Huettner said. “If you’re the team that lost, you’re going to have to change something. As the losing team, you have to make changes, so the winning team doesn’t get the same opportunities the third time around. On a preparation level, the team that lost twice should go in a bit more prepared, and that’s what happened today.”

The win improved the Archers to 15-5-2, the second straight 15-win campaign under Huettner. For Huettner, Sunday’s win not only represented the ability to adjust to an opponent in-season. It also revealed the progress the program has made over a two-year span.

“We talked about it at halftime, we had an opportunity to go to nationals for a second year in a row,” Huettner said. “This is what a lot of people dream of. To go a second time, back-to-back, it speaks to our program. I think it speaks a little bit for what’s going on here.” 

The NJCAA Women's Soccer Tournament is slated Nov. 18-21 in Melbourne, Fla.