Last year's Southern Region MVP dominates
Three Titans players fight for the ball in the air in a game against Clackamas on Oct. 20
The top two teams in the NWAACC Southern Region faced off at LCC Wednesday. The Titans lost to Southern-Region leader Clackamas 3-0.
Clackamas' Jennifer Jackson - last year's Southern Region MVP - scored all three of the Cougars goals.
Jackson's three-goal performance also moved her into the top spot for goals scored in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges.
Head coach Dave Ellis admits that Jackson's performance put a damper on Titan morale.
"That took a little steam out of us," he said.
The Titans (8-4-1, 6-3-1 Southern Region) started the game aggressively, but the effort seemed to slow down after the first goal by Clackamas (11-2, 10-0) inside of the 16th minute when Jackson scored off an assist by Clackamas sophomore forward Jennifer Almond.
"Clackamas is ranked No. 2 for a reason. They are a very, very good team," Ellis said. "I think the first 15 or 20 minutes we really took it to them."
The Cougars controlled the ball for the remainder of the game.
Clackamas scored its second goal inside of the 44th minute of the first half when Jackson took advantage of an assist by freshman defender Aryn Rayford.
"That killed our momentum and killed our desire for the second half," Ellis said.
The second half was more of the same - the Cougars controlled the ball and their crisp passing kept the ball from the Titan offense.
Jackson got her third goal inside of the 78th minute from a corner kick assist by sophomore defender Kahyra Ramirez.
This was the first time that LCC has been shut out all season. Defeat aside, Ellis believes the game was a positive experience for his team overall.
"I think that we can take some good things out of this game and some lessons for some things that we need to learn on," Ellis said. "These are the games that we need to get ready for the playoffs."
The Titans next challenge comes Oct. 23 at noon, when the women face off against Clark