The Titans are Playoff bound

10/28/2010 16:56

Titan women beat Clark to clinch spot at NWAACC tournament, tie with Chemeketa

Alan K. Fox -THE TORCH

Issue date: 10/28/10 Section: Sports
 
Sophomore defender Monica Cramer and the Titans' soccer team have secured a spot in the NWAACC playoffs.
Media Credit: Alan K. Fox
Sophomore defender Monica Cramer and the Titans' soccer team have secured a spot in the NWAACC playoffs.
 
 

The Titans traveled to Salem to take on Chemeketa on Oct. 27. The two teams played to a 1-1 tie, leaving the Titans needing a victory to clinch as the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges' Southern Region's second-seed.

LCC entered the game without starting forward Jenna Lewis due to an injured ankle

The team hopes Lewis will be ready for the playoffs.

The Titans controlled the ball in the first half and moved up and down the field very well despite a wet and muddy field.

"Well, I think that we dealt with the conditions of the field really well," freshman defender Kiki McDonagh said. "It was muddy and we were slipping all over the place, but we were aggressive to the ball and we tried to get to the ball early."

NWAACC assist-leader, freshman forward Katie Bidwell, earned her ninth assist of the season when she backed a goal by sophomore goalkeeper Marah Baker inside of the 44th minute.

Baker was filling in for the injured Lewis. Last season, Baker injured her foot on the same field.

"I enjoyed it, it was a little different than being back in the box and it's a lot more work," Baker said.

Baker's goal was the Titans' only mark of the game, but LCC came close to scoring another goal in the second half.

It looked as if the Titans were going to have a shutout win due to the play of freshman goalkeeper Erin Lewis, who had multiple impressive saves. Lewis ended up with eight total saves in the game. The only mishap for Lewis occurred during the 69th minute of the game when the Storm's Elena Costa scored.

"I tried really hard to communicate really well and I think it showed in the way that we defended," Erin said.

Head coach Dave Ellis pulled most of his key players in the second half to prevent any injuries going into the playoffs.

"Today was a little bit more about managing and making sure that we didn't end up with any big injuries," Ellis said. "We had key players sitting out. You saw Jenna sitting out and Bidwell got pulled early. We are just trying to get healthy and get ready for the playoffs right now."

The Titans played host and shut out Clark 2-0 in a physical game half a week earlier on Oct. 23.

LCC controlled the ball from the beginning to the end of the game, and it showed with the shots on goal. The Titans out-shot the Penguins 13 shots to three.

The Titan defense held strong and Baker earned her second shutout of the season. Freshman defender Marissa Morris kept nearly every ball that came her way headed in the other direction.

Ellis named both women players of the game.

"I was very proud of the team, especially Bronte [Jorgensen] who battled through the game after being sick," Morris said. "This win was very important to us because it guaranteed us a spot in the playoffs."

This was the second game back for Jorgensen, who missed a few games with an illness. Her goal was her seventh of the season.

The Titans scored the second goal of the game when freshman BreAnna Garcia found freshman forward Jenna Lewis for her fifth goal of the year inside the 56th minute.

The Titans' next game will be the last home game of the regular season. LCC will face off against Southwestern Oregon on Oct. 30 at noon. A victory ensures LCC a second-seed spot for the southern region.