Despite a strong early defensive performance and a momentum-shifting save of a penalty kick in the first half, the Archers fell to MCC-Maple Woods 3-0 Thursday (Sept. 25) at home.
With the Archers holding Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods scoreless into the final minutes of the first half, freshman goalie Blake Brockhaus turned away a penalty kick on what would have been the game’s decisive goal to send the STLCC into halftime tied.
“I thought it was going to (take off) there,” head coach Tim Mosby said of the save by Brockhaus to preserve the first-half tie. “We had a few chances here and there, but again, it’s come down to a few mistakes we made. That’s not a 3-0 game there. That’s a 1-1, 2-1 game that just kind of unraveled. Maple Woods is a very good team, and we’ll learn from it. The penalty kick was good for momentum, but we need to use it longer.”
Maple Woods mounted a quick rally in the 67th and 68th minutes, scoring the game’s first two goals within a 90-second span. The quick-strike offense was too much for an Archers team that was coming off a pair of ties in its past two games.
The Archers have struggled offensively in the past week, scoring just one goal in the team’s past four games. Still, Thursday’s game represented a step forward for a program that stumbled to an 8-0 loss to Maple Woods just a year ago.
“We knew we weren’t going to have that 20-goal scorer, or 10-goal scorer, but we’ve got to keep our mindset down 1-0 the same as it is 0-0,” Mosby said. “I think the guys can see that we’re doing some things that haven’t been done in the program’s recent history. We haven’t had a close game with Maple Woods. Now, we just need to continue it for a full 90 minutes.”
- The Archers dropped their second straight contest Saturday (Sept. 27), losing at home 3-1 to Neosho County Community College.
- STLCC (3-5-2) takes on East Central today (Sept. 29) at home. The match kicks off at 4:30 p.m.