With less than two weeks remaining in the regular season, the St. Louis Community College men’s soccer team continues the steady, albeit slow progress that the Archers coaching staff hopes will result in a return to regional prominence.
However, the turnaround of a decade of struggles can be a lengthy affair, so head coach Tim Mosby has often opted to grade on a curve throughout this fall. On that scale, the Archers have continued to make gains, though the end objective remains ahead.
The latest evidence was a 3-0 loss to Metropolitan Community College-Blue River. On its face, the loss would appear to be convincing, but lost in the shuffle was a first half that saw the Archers hold Blue River scoreless through the game’s first 20 minutes, and took a 1-0 deficit into the second half.
“A 1-0 game at half isn’t a big deal, because we’ve been known to come back, but that second and third goal hurt,” Mosby said.
True to Mosby’s assessment, the Archers have shown increased offensive punch and a propensity to rally late in games in recent weeks, highlighted by a recent 4-0 win over Malcolm X College that saw three second-half goals by the Archers.
While the team’s inconsistent production has been frustrating at times for Mosby, the progress in terms of remaining competitive in the second halves of games has the Archers’ head coach optimistic for the coming weeks.
“Right now, our goal is to be in all of our games,” Mosby said. “When you’re in it, you always have a chance. You get that goal that bounces off the post or a rebound from the goalie. I think this year we’re playing with some teams that last year, weren’t as close.”
The Archers will take on Jefferson College today (Oct. 16) at the Lou Fusz Soccer Complex. Game time is 3 p.m.
Tuesday’s game, played at the Lou Fusz Soccer Complex in Maryland Heights due to wet conditions on the STLCC-Florissant Valley campus field, also served as the Archers’ breast cancer awareness game. Players wore pink socks and wristbands to increase awareness and raise money toward breast cancer research.