For both St. Louis Community College soccer teams, building early momentum has had its challenges.
The men entered this week at 2-3, following a split of a two-game road trip to Crowder Community College and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. They have seen two games postponed due to weather, including Tuesday (Sept. 9) at Lewis and Clark Community College, which was set to be the team’s fourth game in a six-day span.
The women saw their home opener washed out Tuesday (Sept. 9), when lightning and thunderstorms prematurely ended their game against Southwestern Illinois College with less than 20 minutes elapsed.
The game was just the third overall for the women, who entered the game 1-1, following a 1-0 win at Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods and an 8-0 loss at perennial national power Butler Community College of Kansas.
While the schedule has been sparse in recent weeks, this weekend could present an early opportunity for each team to gain a better gauge of where they stand among other NJCAA Region XVI teams.
The women will play three more games between Thursday and Sunday, beginning Thursday (Sept. 11) with a 4 p.m. start at home against regional opponent St. Charles Community College.
The men will oppose Richard Daley College on Saturday (Sept. 13) at STLCC-Florissant Valley, as they look to surpass last season’s win total and even their record at 3-3. Archers head coach Tim Mosby spoke highly of his team’s progress following a tightly contested, 2-1 loss to St. Charles Community College (Sept. 4), two days prior to the team’s first regional win, against Crowder.
“We’re moving in a positive direction,” Mosby said. “It’s pretty good now, but I can’t wait to see it when we’re peaking.”
For both Archers teams, the week ahead could pose an opportunity to gain ground toward that end.
- While Tuesday’s women’s soccer game was canceled just 20 minutes into the action, the Archers did unveil a banner signifying the team’s 2013 NJCAA Tournament appearance, the second in a row for the program.
- The women will host Heartland Community College at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, in a rematch of the last two District D playoff games. The Archers won each of those playoffs, and have won their last three games against Heartland. They play at Northeast Oklahoma A&M Sunday, Sept. 14.