The Lewis and Clark Trailblazers visited the St. Louis Community College Archers Monday in what is the last visit in a long career for Tim Rooney, pictured above with his STLCC counterparts. He played on the 1969 and 1970 National Championship team at Florissant Valley and while Godfrey has been his home since taking over the Men’s team in 1986, his roots are in St. Louis where he also played for UMSL. Read more about Tim Rooney
This NJCAA Regional Soccer derby was a double-header, featuring both the women’s and men’s game on a beautiful Fall afternoon. The women’s game went to the Trailblazers while the Archer’s won the men’s game in dramatic fashion with an overtime goal 2:37 into the first overtime period (Men’s report/photo’s follows the women’s)
PHOTO GALLERY – Lewis & Clark at STLCC
In the opener, the Archers fell 0-4 to #13 ranked Lewis & Clark Community College. The Archers fired off twelve shots, including eight on goal, but could not find the back of the net, as the Trailblazer goalie made some tough saves throughout the afternoon. The Trailblazers took no time at all in finding the back of the net as a two pass sequence shortly after kick off led to freshman Audrey Andrzejewski (St. Charles West) scoring only 30 seconds into the match. Started by sophomore midfielder Megan McDonald (Duchesne), who displayed her midfield general chops throughout the match, her through ball sent Fr. Kassidy Louvall (St. Dominc) racing towards goal. Her pass as the keeper advanced found Andrzejewski at the far post for the tap in, despite both players having defenders almost draped over them. It’s a heck of an attacking duo that will give all of the area programs fits this season.
Louvall went on to score the final three goals, including her second that came 41 seconds into the second half as the Trailblazers again got off to a fast start. Assists by Taylor Hansen (Edwardsville) and two by Andrzejewski. Katie Hudson (Rolla) had the shutout, coming up big on several stops including a point blank blast she tipped over the crossbar. Hansen paired with Rebekah Tonks (UK) in the central defense, both playing the full 90 along with Katlyn Schneider, Hansen’s fellow Edwardsville Tiger alum who played on the wing.
The Trailblazers move to 5-0 on the season, having outscored their opponents 33-2. They hit the road for a pair of road games and will next play at home Wednesday, September 20th against Lincoln College.
Head Coach Jason Howard (Rolla and Lewis & Clark/Fontbonne) has assembled a team of 15 Missouri natives, including players from eight area high schools. Other than a six goal outburst at Heartland last week, they’ve been averaging a goal a game. They have five matches before their October Conference games begin, the ones that will determine hosting for the playoffs. They’ll also get a rematch with Lewis & Clark at the end of this month, in Godfrey.
The Archers fall to 1-4 on the season and return to action on Monday, as they travel to Central Methodist University for a 6:00 pm start.
The men’s match saw the biggest save of the afternoon come in the final seconds of regulation as midfielder Ahmed Mahdi’s shot got past a diving save attempt only to bounce off the far upright and into the hands of the keeper. The sixth ranked Archers tripped up nineteenth ranked Lewis & Clark 3-2 2:37 into overtime then when Connor Walters connected for his second goal of the day and his seventh of the year, off an assist from Conor McArthur to give the Archers the golden goal winner. Walter’s was running left to right before slipping his shot just inside the far upright before continuing his run for the celebration by the corner flag.
PHOTO GALLERY Lewis & Clark at STLCC
STLCC, improves to 8-0 on the season and run their unbeaten regular season streak to twenty-seven matches, returns to Region 16 action on Saturday afternoon, with a 2:00 pm start on the Flo Valley campus against Crowder College.