St. Louis Community College women's soccer earns national tournament berth
November 5, 2012
Archers Beat Heartland to Gain National Tourney Berth
Prior to his team’s District D playoff game against Heartland Community College, Juergen
Huettner issued a simple prediction to his team: Their next game would come in much warmer
Some players, interpreting this as Huettner getting a bit ahead of himself entering the win-or-go-
home game in Normal, Ill., were a bit more cautious. Undeterred, the STLCC head coach
explained himself. Either they were going to win, and play next week in Florida, or a loss would
keep them off the field until August. Either way, they’d be out of the 40-degree temperatures the
team experienced Saturday.
With a 3-1 win over Heartland in the blustery conditions on Saturday, the Archers will get the
more favorable of those two options.
The Archers opened the scoring with just three minutes remaining in the first half, when freshman
forward Jessica Smugala (Seckman) headed in a throw-in from sophomore Brooke Valleroy
(Saxony Lutheran). Smugala’s 13th goal of the year would be the only scoring for either team in a
first half that saw each team with scant offensive chances.
Freshman Jackie LaRocco scored the only goal of the day for Heartland, coming in the 60th
minute to knot the game 1-1. But that would not last long, as Archers freshman Donna Jolliff
(Seckman) nudged home a deflected free kick by Katie Foytlin (Belleville East) to put STLCC
ahead for good just 55 seconds later.
“The most impressive part of today was to come down immediately and respond,” Huettner said.
“That just shows the character of the team and what we’re made out of.”
Freshman Katie Rapisardo (Mehlville) concluded the scoring late in the second half to provide the
Saturday marked the first time a team had scored three goals in one game all season against
Heartland, which entered the game ranked 11th in the most recent NJCAA national poll. The
Hawks had allowed just three goals total over their previous 14 games.
“It just shows how good we are as a team,” Huettner said. “Heartland is an excellent team
themselves, but to score three goals against a quality opponent, it’s special.”
The Archers received the ninth seed in the 12-team for the NJCAA Championship Tournament,
which will begin Nov. 12 in Melbourne, FL. The Archers were beaten by tournament host and top-
seeded Brevard Community College in the first week of the season, but a lot has changed over
the last two months for STLCC.
“We came a long way from where we were at the start of the season,” Rapisardo said. “We went
from being beaten 4-0, and now we’ve beaten all these teams, so I’ll be excited to see what the
outcome will be in nationals. I’m also really excited to play in warmer weather.”
Because of Saturday’s win, she won’t even have to wait until August.