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Archers Lose Nail-biter to St. Charles

September 04, 2014

Almedin Krlic  
Almedin Krlic scored the Archers' only goal in a 2-1 loss to
St. Charles Community College Sept. 4.

It took little more than a minute into the St. Louis Community College men’s soccer home opener Thursday (Sept 4) to see that the 2014 season has a chance to be markedly different from seasons of recent past.

 

Playing against perennially tough St. Charles Community College, the Archers grabbed a 1-0 lead on a goal by freshman forward Almedin Krlic

 

STLCC carried that lead into the half, before falling 2-1 on a goal in the game’s 87th minute. The loss did little to dampen the outlook of head coach Tim Mosby, however, who noted the Archers fell to the same opponent by a 6-0 margin just a season ago.

 

“I see something special here,” Mosby said. “The guts of the guys, the intensity they played with, I haven’t seen that in our other games, even in our win. I’m happier with that result, with the effort and some of the things that were out of our hands. We’re moving in a positive direction and I can’t wait to see this group when we’re peaking.”

 

Also compounding the Archers’ second-half difficulties was the loss of freshman leading scorer Edin Mehmedovic, who was charged with a red card early in the half. Playing a man down for the remainder of the contest, the Archers preserved a 1-1 tie until the final three minutes of regulation. A late scoring opportunity eluded the Archers, when a breakaway chance veered roughly a foot to the left of the goalpost.

 

To not only play the second half a man down, but to do it without arguably the team’s most dangerous offensive weapon, certainly presented challenges for Mosby and assistant Matt Benoist through the majority of the half.

 

“He is our leading goal scorer, and it did put us down in that regard,” Mosby said. “The guys off the bench did step up, but we had our chances to connect, and that’s soccer.”

 

The loss dropped the Archers to 1-2 on the young season, who will return to action Saturday (Sept. 6) with the first of four consecutive road games, starting with Crowder College. STLCC will gain an opportunity for redemption against St. Charles on Oct. 7.