Eye on the prize
Titan women brace themselves for Clackamas, then playoffs
Alan K. Fox -THE TORCH
The Titans soccer team topped off its last regular season home game by supporting breast cancer awareness by wearing pink pregame t-shirts and by clinching a second-seed in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges' playoffs with a 4-1 victory over the visiting Lakers.
"We will host a [playoff] game here on Nov. 10th," head coach Dave Ellis said. "Which is always nice because you always want to host in the first round, and we're not thinking about anything past that game right now."
This was the second time these two Southern Region teams have met on the field - the first was on Oct. 13 in Coos Bay. The Titans (10-4-2, 8-3-2 Southern Region) defeated Southwestern Oregon (0-14-1, 0-12-1) then as well and left with a 7-0 shutout victory.
SWOCC scored its first and only goal during the Oct. 30 match off a controversial penalty kick called for a handball inside of the goalkeeper box by defender Kiki McDonagh.
Former Titan forward Katlyn Shaw scored off of the penalty kick inside of the 14th minute.
The Lakers' goal fueled the Titans offense, which scored twice within the next four minutes in response.
Marah Baker filled in at forward for the second straight game and scored the first two goals.
NWAACC assist-leader Katie Bidwell continued to find her teammates and assisted on the goal by Baker. This was her 10th assist of the season and she is also tied for eighth in the NWAACC with seven goals.
The Titans' second goal was scored two minutes after Baker's when forward Bronte Jorgensen, the team's leading scorer, took advantage of an assist by midfielder Brooke Fay inside of the 18th minute.
The Titans kept tight control of the ball for the rest of the game and outscored SWOCC with shots on goal by 18 to four.
LCC scored its third goal off a penalty kick from goalkeeper Erin Lewis, who was also filling in at forward, inside of the 67th minute.
The Titans have been taking advantage of their roster's depth - substituting key players in an effort to prevent any injuries before starting the playoffs.
The depth has shown with the team receiving three goals in the last two games by players who usually play the goalkeeper position.
The final goal of the game was scored by BreAnna Garcia inside of the 79th minute. Jorgenson, who has returned to form after a brief illness, assisted.
Head coach Dave Ellis was satisfied with his team's performance but said they still have things to work on.
"I think that it was an uneven display and I think we lacked a little bit of intensity today," Ellis said. "We will be changing the way that we train starting on Monday and start preparing for our playoff game.
"I was proud of the girls for getting the result today. Nobody got injured and nobody got suspended, so we are exactly where we want to be."
The Titans next game will be played at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City on Nov 5. This will also be the final regular season game for the Titans.