Nothing but net
Bidwell scores three goals against SWOCC
Alan K. Fox -THE TORCH
An emotional Titans women's soccer team (8-3-1, 6-2-1 Southern Region) responded to an inspirational letter from teammate Bronte Jorgensen that was read by freshman forward Katie Bidwell minutes before the team took the field against Southwestern Oregon Community College (0-11, 0-9) on Oct. 13.
The Titans shut out SWOCC 7-0.
LCC came out firing right from the beginning of the game. Freshman midfielder Jenna Lewis scored within the second minute. Lewis also had four assists.
"We talked to the girls and let them know that we needed to get after it right away, get a few goals and that's exactly what happened," head coach Dave Ellis said. "Jenna scored in the second minute and they had no answer for Katie Bidwell down the left."
The scoring just continued to come, Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges' assist leader, freshman forward Katie Bidwell, scored just two minutes later.
Bidwell wasn't finished with two more goals, one inside of the 12th minute and another inside the 20th. She now has nine goals on the season. This puts her in a tie for third overall in the NWAACC.
"I'm getting meshed in with all the girls and I'm starting to play like I'm used to," Bidwell said.
The three-goal performance was her best of the season.
The Titans were able to get another score right before halftime by BreAnna Garcia scored on a goal off with an assist by Lewis, making the score 5-0 at the half.
In the second half the Titans continued to control the ball by keeping the ball on the offensive side of the field.
Freshman forward Reed Levings kept the Titans' scoring going hot in the second half.
Levings scored the only two goals of the second half for LCC. She scored her first off of an assist by Brooke inside the 57th minute and her second off an Erin Lewis assist.
Freshman goalkeeper Mallory Branch earned the shutout win for the Titans with multiple saves.
"We basically picked it up. We played a lot more defense than we have been lately," said freshman defender Sam Michelson.
"Our backup goalkeeper played a great game getting a shutout today," Ellis said. "She doesn't get a lot of playing time back because we have two other good goalkeepers, and it shows that we are very deep at that position."
This was the second game that Jorgensen has missed with illness.
"I think that Bronte is always an inspiration to this team whether she is on the field or not. I think it was a great move by her to write that letter," Ellis said. "She is definitely the heart and soul of this team and we hope that she gets better soon."
Titans play to a tie against
The Titans hosted to fourth-ranked Bellevue (8-2-1, 6-1-1 West Region) on Oct. 9 at home and they played to a 1-1 tie.
LCC controlled the ball for most of the game and kept an up-tempo pace, and you could see the fatigue on the Bellevue player's faces. The Bulldogs only traveled with three bench players and the lack of depth attributed to the fatigue of their players.
"I thought that the girls played amazing today," Ellis said. "I think it was a great response from a poor performance mid-week against Chemeketa."
Bidwell scored the Titans only goal of the game inside the 35th minute off an assist from Lewis.
For the second game in a row the Titans allowed a goal with under ten minutes in the game.
"It was a disappointment that we couldn't keep the lead in that game but Bellevue was a good team," freshman defender Kiki McDonagh said. "We put up a fight and made up for the way we played against Chemeketa."
Bellevue scored inside of the eighty-fifth minute off of an assist from sophomore midfielder Deirdre Dornay to sophomore forward Brittney Conway.
"I thought the girls stepped up and thought they played really well [with Jorgensen out of the lineup]," Ellis said. "Bellevue is a great team and we took it to them all day long, and I would feel real good about our chances in the playoffs if we get the chance to play them again."
The Titans play Clackamas at LCC on Oct. 20 at noon.