Titans' streak ends at five after 2-1 loss
LCC loses first game since Sept. 12
Alan K. Fox -THE TORCH
Issue date: 10/7/10 Section: Sports
The Titans (7-3, 5-2 Southern Region) five-game winning streak was put to an end on Oct. 6 with a 2-1 loss to Chemeketa (4-5-1, 3-2-1). This was the women's first game on LCC's brand new turf field.
The shots on goal were one-sided with Chemeketa out-doing LCC over a two-to-one ratio, 17 shots to seven.
Freshman forward Bronte Jorgensen - currently tied for fourth in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges for goals scored - put the first goal on the scoreboard with a shot inside the 28th minute with an assist by freshman defender Shelby Campbell.
The lead was short lived.
The Storm was quick to respond when freshman midfielder Lindsey Aldaco-Manner scored five minutes later, and Chemeketa seemed to outplay the Titans for the rest of the half with ball control and defense.
"The first half we definitely got outplayed, but we weathered the storm and came into halftime with the score tied 1-1," head coach Dave Ellis said.
The Titans controlled the ball during the second half of the game and had a couple of crucial missed shots on goal. They were unable to score. The game looked as if it was going to end in a 1-1 tie, but The Storm was able to score its second goal of the game inside the 83rd minute by freshman forward Elena Acosta.
This was the Titans' first loss since Sept. 12.
"It was definitely disappointing to lose at home," Ellis said. "We adjusted our formation and I think that we had the run of the ball in the second half, and we were a little unlucky to not score a couple goals. We made some panic decisions in some important moments, and made one little mistake there in the end."
Olympic game a different story
LCC played a physical game in its second home game of the year against Olympic (3-4-1, 1-3-1 West Region) on Oct. 2, extending the win streak to four games with their second consecutive 4-1 victory.
Two freshmen - midfielder Jenna Lewis and forward BreAnna Garcia - led the Titans to victory with two goals apiece. Garcia added an assist as well.
Reed Levings was another standout player in the match against Olympic. She seemed to be in the middle of most plays and had two assists.
"Reed Levings really stood-out," Ellis said. "Her ball-winning in the midfield and her entry passes definitely pushed us out ahead."
LCC came out and scored quickly with a goal by Lewis inside of the fifth minute. That goal was an assist for Garcia.
After a lot of play around the middle of the field, the Titans were able to put another goal on the scoreboard when Jorgensen got an assist when she found Garcia for the goal inside the 25th minute.
"I was pleased about how I played and how the team played," Garcia said. "Jenna's goal to start off the game was exciting and set the momentum of the game. My goal that followed was what we have been working for during practice."
The Rangers were able to put a goal on the scoreboard scored by freshman defender Angelique White right before the half.
The Titans started the second half fast, scoring the last two of the goals within the first five minutes.
"I was a little upset with the goal we gave up right before half, but we came out and responded with two quick goals in the second half," Ellis said.
The first goal was scored by Lewis, her third on the season, off of an assist by Levings inside of the 46th minute.
The Titans got a bit of a scare after Lewis scored - she twisted an ankle and was down for some time before being assisted to the bench by Ellis and the team trainer. She did not return to the game.
Four minutes after the first goal of the half, Garcia claimed her second goal of the game off of Levings' second assist.
"We know we still have a great deal of room to improve, and we will keep working to achieve our potential," Garcia said.
"I'm proud of the team," freshman defender Teybra Welsh said after the win. "It really has came along way since I joined the team."
Lewis shared similar sentiments.
"We have been doing such a great job this season and I am very proud to be apart of it," Lewis said. "Yesterday, the whole team played excellent.
"I think we came out and dominated the game right from the beginning and continued our continuous attack from the Clark game," Ellis said after the Olympic game. "I am very happy."
Third victory came in Vancouver
The Titans were able to extend their winning streak to three games with a 4-1 victory on Sept. 29 when they traveled to Vancouver, Wash. to play Clark (1-7-2, 1-5-1).
LCC was led by the play of Bidwell against Clark - she contributed to all four goals in the game. She scored twice and handed out two assists.
"I think that we all played really hard and we did the work that we needed to in order to get that win," Bidwell said. "It wasn't perfect, but we put in our best efforts throughout the whole game."
The Titans were able score early off an assist from Jorgensen to Bidwell inside the 13th minute.
LCC was able to get another goal at the 31st minute from an assist from Bidwell to sophomore midfielder Brooke Fay.
Clark prevented the Titans' fifth shutout of the season shortly before halftime after a goal by sophomore forward Anna Blakeslee inside the 39th minute.
The Titans went into halftime up by one, 2-1.
In the second half, LCC turned up the pressure on the Penguins, shutting them out for the rest of the game.
Lewis added to the scoreboard when after an assist from Bidwell inside the 55th minute.
The final goal of the game came from Bidwell inside the 65th minute when she received an assist from Garcia - her first of the season - sealing the victory.
"We worked as a team and communicated, which helped us to play better," McDonagh said after the game.
The Titans' next game will be at LCC on Oct. 9 against Bellevue at noon.