In the women’s soccer team’s second attempt at a home opener this week, the Archers struggled offensively in a 2-0 loss to St. Charles Community College Sept. 11.
Just two days after their home opener against Southwestern Illinois College was postponed due to lightning, the Archers were unable to build any momentum against St. Charles. Supported offensively by a pair of goals from forward Raven Laughridge, St. Charles was rarely challenged throughout its win over STLCC.
For a team already scuffling in the offensive end, with one goal in its first three games, St. Charles represented a tough draw for the Archers. SCCC improved to 7-1 with the win, highlighted by five consecutive shutouts. St. Charles has allowed just two goals in its eight games.
“We didn’t do what we needed to do in the final third (of the field),” assistant coach Dre Barklage said. “We need to work on our passing in our offensive third. I think the girls have it in them. We just have to make it happen and get used to it.”
The Archers are in the midst of one of their most challenging stretches of the season, with four games in the span of a week. Barklage and head coach Erin Hesselbach hope the condensed schedule will help hasten along the team’s progress, particularly offensively.
“Four games in a week is a lot for anybody,” Barklage said. “The girls have gotten used to it, and it’s about fine-tuning things at this point.”
The Archers will return to action on Saturday, when they renew acquaintances with Heartland Community College. The two teams have built quite a rivalry in recent years, as they have met in each of the past two district playoff games, with the Archers advancing each time. STLCC has won each of the last three meetings between the two teams, including a regular season win last year, as well. Game time is 1 p.m.