Women's soccer ends season

11/18/2010 16:28

Shutout loss to Walla Walla dashes Titan hopes of advancing in playoffs

Alan K. Fox - THE TORCH

Issue date: 11/18/10 Section: Sports

The Walla Walla Warriors claimed a 4-0 shutout over the Titans on Nov. 13, dashing any hopes of a championship trophy for the women's soccer team this season.

The defeat in Washington came three days after the Titans bested the Shoreline Dolphins at home during the first round of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges playoffs, 1-0.

The Titan defense (11-6-2, 8-4-2 Southern Region) executed a game plan that kept the Walla Walla offense slowed down for most of the first half of the second round game.

The Warriors (18-0-2, 13-0-2 Eastern Region) scored their first goal of the game minutes before halftime when freshman midfielder Marianne Johnson scored off an assist from freshman midfielder Samantha Johnson inside of the 35th minute.

In the second half, the Titans were able to stick to the same plan against the Warriors' offense before giving up three goals in a matter of 11 minutes.

The NWAACC season leading-scorer, sophomore forward Margo Hickman scored the fourth and final goal of the game inside of the 66th minute off an assist from Jones.

"That second goal is what killed us," Titan freshman defender Kiki McDonagh said. "It brought down our spirits and we didn't know how to get our confidence back and fight. We let down as a whole team and they fed off that and earned 2 more goals."

LCC played host to Shoreline in a first round playoff game.

The Titans controlled the ball for the most of game.

Most of the Dolphin offense came from long kicks down the field in hopes that another teammate would catch up to the ball.

Freshman goalkeeper Marah Baker led the defensive charge with her performance in the box, earning her fourth shutout of the season.

The only goal of the game came inside of the 11th minute when NWAACC season assist-leader Katie Bidwell scored off of an assist from freshman forward, Jenna Lewis. Bidwell plays forward for LCC.