Rain cuts short ACC soccer trip



September 3, 2013 - 12:00 AM

ST. LOUIS — Allen Community College’s soccer teams dealt with some tough competition and Mother Nature on a lengthy holiday weekend road trip.
Both ACC teams lost, but still left their coaches encouraged in action halted because of nasty weather.
The Red Devil women dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to Lewis and Clark College Friday, while the men fell 4-1 to the same school.
A series of storms hit St. Louis Sunday afternoon as both teams were set to battle Southwestern Illinois College.
The Red Devil women were tied with SWIC 1-1 late in the first half when the bad weather hit.
Frequent lightning forced organizers to cancel the game, as well as the men’s contest to follow.

THE RED DEVIL women held a 2-1 lead over Lewis and Clark at intermission Friday before giving up the tying goal in the second half and the lead goal in extra time.
Lexi Godlove gave Allen a 1-0 on a feed from Raegan Vigola. Lewis and Clark scored a tying goal before Kyleigh Rowe took a Vigola feed and scored to push the Red Devils on top 2-1.
Keelie Arbuckle fended off a number of shots to keep the Red Devils in the game, including a penalty shot late in the second half.
“Lexi and Kyleigh both continue to score for us, and Keelie was just phenomenal in goal,” ACC women’s coach Jeremy McGinnis said. “You couldn’t ask for her to do any more than she did.”
Godlove took a Jordan Vigola assist to score Allen’s goal in Sunday’s truncated game.
Had the contest lasted another three minutes to reach halftime, the goal would have counted.
“We really wanted to get back out there, but every time the lightning flashed, we had to wait another 30 minutes,” McGinnis said. “We didn’t want to have to get back in the middle of the night and have everybody tired, because we have a big week ahead.”
The contests should prepare Allen well for the heart of its schedule, which begins Wednesday at home against Hesston.
“Lewis and Clark is a good, quality team,” he said. “We want to play the best teams possible to get us ready for conference play.”

FRIDAY’s 4-1 loss was not indicative of how well the Red Devils played, coach Doug Desmarteau said.
Allen out-shot Lewis and Clark, 19 to 17.
“We had our chances,” Desmarteau said. “We just didn’t finish. And we made a couple of mistakes that hurt us.”
Dylan Orian scored Allen’s only goal on an assist from Erick Rivera.
Victor Ortega started in goal and allowed three goals to go with five saves. Chase Tonkin played in the second half, allowing one goal to go with five saves.
The women and men play their home-openers Wednesday afternoon. The Red Devil women play at 2 p.m., the men at 4 o’clock.
“The girls are excited,” McGinnis said. “I think everybody’s tired of traveling.”
Desmarteau agreed.
“The guys are really looking forward to playing in front of the home crowd,” he said. “They’ll get to play in front of their friends and supporters. It should be fun.”

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