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Archers Shut Out in NJCAA Soccer Tourney

November 20, 2013

Donna Jolliff  
Donna Jollifff and her fellow sophomores became the first Archers soccer players to compete  in back-to-back NJCAA tournaments.

In a different year, arriving at the NJCAA Division I Soccer Tournament may have been enough for the St. Louis Community College’s women’s soccer team.

However, in the team’s second straight trip to Eastern Florida State College for the national tourney, the Archers certainly hoped for a bit more than a two-game finish to the year.

“It’s a sour taste in our mouth to lose two games in a row,” head coach Juergen Huettner said. “As a whole, it’s a great accomplishment, but there’s an empty feeling to lose two games for a second year.”

A week after defeating Lewis and Clark Community College 1-0 in the District D playoff game to advance to national tournament, the Archers were outscored 6-0 over the course of two games, against Paradise Valley (Ariz.) Community College and Laramie County (Wyo.) Community College, respectively.

Lauren Guerrero  
Lauren Guerrero (right) helped the Archers soccer squad
post 31 victories during her two seasons at STLCC.

As it stands, this year’s sophomores became the first Archers soccer players to reach the national tournament in consecutive seasons.

“When the game was over today, I was very proud to be the coach of this group,” Huettner said. “The sophomores today who played their final game at STLCC, they were responsible for putting St. Louis Community College soccer back on the map. Our name is out there.”

The Archers posted a combined record of 31-12-2 during the past two seasons. They finished the current campaign at 15-7-1.

“Replacing the (sophomores) is going to be tough. I’m not going to try to replace a Jessica Smugala or Donna Jolliff or find another Taylor Giese or Lauren Guerrero,” Huettner said. “I have to find good soccer players that fit our system. Those girls left behind a mark, and you can’t replace them. They made their mark at STLCC and you can’t replace one for one. It’s not going to happen. You just have to find another player that fits the system well.”