Titans fall in playoffs
By Casey Hire | For The Register-Guard
Following 110 minutes of physical, scoreless, rainy play Saturday that included two 10-minute sudden victory opportunities, the Lane women’s soccer team fell to visiting Shoreline, 4-3, on penalty kicks to end its season and NWAC conference championship bid.
It was the second-straight penalty kick victory and upset for Shoreline in five days, with the Dolphins defeating 11-1 Bellevue 5-3 Tuesday to advance to Saturday’s semifinal.
Shoreline finished third in the NWAC North at 8-7-2, while Lane won the South division title at 10-1-1.
“It’s not often a team goes with the ‘get to penalty kicks’ strategy in a soccer match, but that’s essentially the way to played out on Saturday,” first-year Shoreline coach Matt Dorman said.
“We were confident in our matchup against Lane, and of course it’s our hard work all season that got us to this point, but we were absolutely playing to take it to penalty kicks at the end of the game,” he said.
“To have just been through the experience, we were prepared and confident in our kicks and knew what to expect. There’s no doubt it’s a tough way to end a game when you’re on a losing end, though, because it really is a lottery at that point.”
Lane coach Erica Jensen couldn’t exactly put her finger on what went wrong with her squad Saturday.
“We had 110 minutes to put this thing away and we couldn’t find it today,” said Jensen, in her second year at the helm for the Titans. “For whatever reason, we couldn’t find that last ball, that last pass, that last drive to get things going. Our style is to connect and play feet and keep the ball; today we seemed a bit frantic. And it’s really unfortunate we couldn’t solve it. Hats off to Shoreline — they really wanted it and did what they had to do.”
Despite 14 shots on goal — including seven by Thurston grad Anna Goodrie — only a handful of those attempts were open.
“It just wasn’t a great game for us today,” Lane forward Amanda Hisey said. “Our ideas were good and we were doing the right things, but our timing was a bit off and things didn’t seem to get flowing for us.”