The St. Louis Community College men’s soccer team took a significant step this fall, winning seven games for the first time since the program transitioned to a districtwide format in 2011.
Coinciding with that progress, this fall also marked the first time the Archers have had an All-America nominee during that time period. Freshman goalie Blake Brockhaus concluded a stellar first collegiate season by claiming the nomination, in addition to first-team All-Region XVI honors.
Brockhaus was credited with five of the Archers’ seven victories in net, logging a 1.88 goals-against average in 18 games, including 16 starts. He concluded the year with a team-best .794 save percentage and tallied all three of the team’s shutouts.
“There was a lot of hard work,” Brockhaus said. “The defense worked really hard in front of me. I feel pretty accomplished about the way things happened. I didn’t really hear about all-region or all-conference until the end of the year. Toward the end of the year, I heard I had a shot, so that’s a big deal.”
The Archers and head coach Tim Mosby felt fortunate to land the Lindbergh High School graduate, who had previously pursued a military career. After being discharged just prior to the first day of STLCC tryouts, Brockhaus decided to advance his soccer career. Brockhaus proceeded to beat out incumbent goalie Austin Golden for the starting job, and went on to produce the best season by an STLCC goalkeeper in four years.
“Blake was a last-minute pickup, and he came here and we’ve been lucky to have him,” Mosby said. “He’s been a blessing for us. He has kept us in games. If we’re going to play the style we play, you’ve got to have a phenomenal goalkeeper.”
Brockhaus, who was a multi-sport athlete during his time at Lindbergh, has also kept open the possibility of pursuing his athletic career in football. Brockhaus was a place-kicker at Lindbergh, and has garnered interest from a variety of four-year schools, a group that includes Syracuse University.
During his standout season with the Archers, Brockhaus continued to work at his football craft, taking lessons with longtime NFL kicker and Aquinas High School graduate Neil Rackers, as well as renowned kicking tutor David Brader.
Brockhaus has also left open the possibility of returning to STLCC for a sophomore season, certainly the option that would excite Mosby.
“Whatever options are available going forward, that’s what I’ll go for,” Brockhaus said.
Whatever those options may be, they could only add to what was a notable first year of college for the Archers’ netminder.
Freshman defenders Nick Hoeflinger and Brad Kochner were named to the All-Region XVI men’s soccer second team.
Hoeflinger started all 19 games for the Archers and collected three goals and an assist for seven points.
Kochner also started all 19 games and was a defensive stalwart for the Archers.