|Above: Jessica Smugala|
By Terence Monroe
As St. Louis Community College kicks off its fall semester, the STLCC Archers have already begun preparing for their upcoming season. Both the men and women Archers are expected to be competitive this coming season.
The women Archers are coming off a breakout season in which they finished with a flashy 16-5-1 record. Those sixteen wins are the most since STLCC became districtwide. Unfortunately the season came to end in a 4-1 loss against defending National Champions Tyler Junior College in pool play of the women’s national tournament. But this team should not feel defeated, they should have a sense of accomplishment because of the success that they achieved the beginning of last season. They should build off of that and use it as motivation to carry them through the 2013 season.
The women’s team is led by Head Coach Juergen Huettner who is entering his fifth season as the team’s shot caller. With such an impressive record, Coach Huetter was named coach of the year for the 2012 season. Since he started coaching the Archers, he has a record of 47-37-3. With such a successful coach led by their team captain and starting forward Jessica Smugala, this team is poised for another terrific season.
This isn’t the only team that is headed for a rewarding season. The men’s soccer team isn’t too shabby either. Led by second year head coach Dan O’Keefe, the men’s soccer team looks to be competitive and have a season full of more playoff games than the year before. One major difference this season than last will be the goal keepers. This season will feature two new goaltenders in freshmen Josh Hampton and Austin Golden. Both had very successful years in the high school ranks and look to continue that in their collegiate careers. This team also will be bringing back a lot of experienced players from last year, including Coach O’Keefe’s son Cullan O’Keefe. Together this team will build on what they accomplished last season.
The Archers will open the newest season on Thursday August 22, 2013 against Lewis and Clark Community College. The match will begin at 4 p.m. at the Florissant Valley Campus, which is the site of all the home games. Let’s get out and support the men and women Archers as they push for a successful seasons.