Erica Mertz - Head Coach
Erica Mertz, (formerly Erica Jensen) was named head coach of the Lane women’s soccer program in July, 2014.
Coach Mertz by the numbers;
· Overall record at Lane: 41-10-8
· 2 Southern Region Championships (2014, 2015)
· 2 Southern Region Most Valuable Players (Taylor Boyer 2014, Pikake Hix 2015)
· 15 NWAC All-Stars (5 - 2014, 6 - 2015, 4 - 2016)
· 1 Final Four appearance
· 3 NWAC Quarterfinal appearances
· 6 All-Southern Region Players (3 - 2014, 3 - 2016)
· 1 Southern Region Coach of the Year (2015)
· 2 NSCAA All-West Region Team (Anna Goodrie 2015, Ally King 2016)
· 13 NWAC Academic Excellence Awards (4 - 2015, 9 - 2016)
· 1 NSCAA All-America Scholar Athlete (Kylee O’Connor, 2015)
In her first season at the helm, Mertz guided the Titans to their first Southern Region Championship title in program history and the programs second-ever appearance in the NWAC Final Four. The 2014 season saw the Titans earn a 15-3-2 record and finish 3rd overall in the NWAC, while having several players pick up individual accolades; Sophomore Taylor Boyer was named the Southern Region Most Valuable Player, five players were named to the NWAC All-Star team and three additional players were named to the All-Southern Region team.
Mertz 2015 team saw similar success, as Lane earned its second consecutive Southern Region Championship title on its way to recording a 13-4-3 (10-1-1, Southern Region) record. The Titans scored 80 goals (3rd most in NWAC, 1st in South), gave up just 13 goals (5th in NWAC, 1st in South) and earned 13 shutouts (T-3rd in NWAC, 1st in South). The Titans fell one-game short of advancing back to the NWAC Final Four, as they tied Shoreline CC in the quarterfinal game and saw Shoreline advance in PKs.
For the second straight year, Lane earned the Southern Region Most Valuable player honor; this time in Freshman Pikake Hix. Six players were named to the NWAC All-Star team – tying for the most players named from one school in the NWAC in 2015. In addition to respective NWAC All-Star nominations, sophomore Anna Goodrie was named an NSCAA All-West Region performer and sophomore Kylee O’Connor earned the programs first ever NSCAA All-America Scholar Athlete award. Four Titans were awarded the NWAC Academic Excellence Award and Mertz was named the Southern Region Coach of the Year.
The 3rd season on Lane’s campus proved to be the most challenging yet, seeing the Titans finish second in the region after going 10-1-1 in the South and 13-4-3 overall. Lane finished with 74 goals for (3rd in NWAC, 1st in South), 16 goals against (5th in NWAC, T-1st in South) and earned 13 shutouts (T-2nd in NWAC, 1st in South). The Titans advanced to the NWAC Quarterfinals where they ran into 2015 defending champions, Spokane CC, and dropped the game on the road. It was the 3rd consecutive trip to the NWAC Quarterfinals for the Titans.
Lane had 4 players named NWAC All-Stars, 3 players named to the All-South Region team, 1 player named to the NSCAA All-West Region Team and had a program record 9 student-athletes earn NWAC Academic Excellence Awards.
In addition to their success on the field at Lane, Mertz has helped her graduating sophomores transfer to successful NCAA Division I, Division II, Division III and NAIA programs over the past two years.
Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, she played collegiately at Division I Cal State Fullerton (freshmen year) and Division I UNLV (sophomore-senior years). While at UNLV, she was a two-year team captain and helped the Rebels to three consecutive Mountain West Conference Championships and three Division I NCAA tournament appearances. She was named to the All-MWC First Team as a senior, the Second Team as a junior and was a three year All-Academic selection.
Before arriving in Eugene, Mertz served as an assistant coach at Washington University in St. Louis, where she helped the Bears reach the 2012 NCAA Division III Elite 8 and garner a 19-2-1 overall record. Before joining the Wash U staff, she served as an assistant coach at her alma mater, UNLV, in which she assisted with every aspect of running a Division I program.
In addition to her collegiate experience, Erica served as camp director of UNLV’s youth summer camps, was head coach for several teams at Player’s Soccer Club (Las Vegas, NV) and has several years of experience working with ODP.
In addition to her role with Lane, Erica serves as the head coach of Eugene Timbers Girls 00 team, Director of the ETFC Girl's Development Academy and assists with other age groups in the club.
Erica holds a double Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism & Psychology and a Master’s degree in Sports Education Leadership, all from UNLV. She holds her USSF ‘C’ License as well as the NSCAA National Diploma.
Sarah Harris - Assistant Coach/Goalkeeper Coach
Sarah is originally from Woodinville, Washington. She competed for the University of Oregon Ducks from 1998-2002 where she was the starting goalkeeper from 2000-2002. During her time she topped the PAC-10 in saves her last two years as well as finished second in total saves her last year. Her senior year she was a team captain and was voted Most Inspirational and Defensive MVP. Following her collegiate career, she was drafted by the San Jose Cyberrays of the Women's United Soccer Association, the first women's professional soccer league. In 2004, Sarah had the opportunity to be apart of the Republic of Ireland Women's National team and was nominated for the Republic of Ireland Female Football Player of the Year her last year. During her three years with the Irish, they competed in their first Women's World Cup Qualifying Campaign. She also helped them finish 4th in the World University Games in Bangkok in 2007, their highest finish to date.
Harris started her coaching career at Central Michigan University in 2004-2006, primarily working with the goalkeepers but being involved in all aspects of the Division 1 women's soccer program. The Chippewas made it to the MAC tournament both years she was with the program. She also volunteered with the Missouri S & T Women's Soccer team in 2009 and has had various other opportunities to coach with youth and high school programs in Washington, Michigan, and Oregon since graduating from the U of O.
Sarah has a Bachelors in Exercise and Movement Science from the U of O and a Masters in Exercise Science from CMU. Currently, she's working towards getting her Bachelors in Nursing through the Lane Community College Nursing program.
Melanie Trumbull - Assistant Coach
Melanie Trumbull is originally from Eugene, Oregon. After graduating from North Eugene high school, she signed with Western Oregon University to compete as a track student-athlete. Realizing she missed soccer, she transferred to NWAC member Clackamas Community College to compete for their soccer team. As the starting goalkeeper for two years, she led Clackamas to the NWAC final four and South Region championships. Along the way, she earned NWAC All-Star accolades and was named the semi-final MVP.
Trumbull transferred to Oregon State University where she played two seasons for the Pac12 school. She worked her way into a scholarship and was named the most inspirational player after her senior campaign.
She has done multiple camps with the youth involving coaching soccer and teaching skills & agility. In addition to her role with Lane, she will also be an assistant coach at North Eugene High School for the 2016 season and work with the local RTC program.
Trumbull has a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in public health and is currently working on getting certified for personal training.