During the grind of State Fair Community College’s return to NJCAA soccer, the heat has yet to let up.
The Lady Roadrunners earned its first-ever win Thursday, Sept. 8 over the Central Methodist junior varsity, but are 1-4-2 overall after a 3-0 loss Thursday to Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods in Sedalia.
The SFCC men’s team (2-6-1) lost to the previously winless MCC-Maple Woods Monarchs, 3-0 after the women’s match outside the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center.
SFCC soccer head coach Eddie Horn expressed disappointment after the pair of losses.
“When you’re having a difficult season, the morale kind of drops and it makes it a little hard to climb back in,” Horn said.
Horn said calling the responsibility of directing both soccer teams in the same season “a grind” is an understatement.
“Is it anything but a grind?” Horn said. “It’s been very difficult. We just didn’t have the right mentality, culture or climate starting from scratch like that. And, to be fair, throw me in there too. This level is super, super competitive.”
State Fair men’s team fell behind 1-0 early in the first half, allowed one goal seven minutes into the first half and another goal within the final minute.
The Lady Roadrunner trailed 2-0 to Maple Woods in the match’s closing minutes, when Horn directed the back line to be all-in for a goal.
“Why not?” He said to the team. “Don’t worry about it!”
A Maple Woods save on the late SFCC strike led to a Lady Monarch’s goal on the counter-attack.
While the return of college soccer in Sedalia has had its ups and downs, some players – like Smith-Cotton graduate Sarah Garcia – are still very much enjoying themselves.
“We just got a little unlucky,” Garcia said about Thursday’s match. “Practices go really smooth. We all get along, and it’s really nice to play with a good group … I love college. I love soccer.”
The Lady Roadrunners host Kaskaskia College 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 and the men’s team faces Went Worth Military Academy on the road 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28.
Alex Agueros can be reached at 660-826-1000, ext. 1483 or on Twitter @abagueros2