Lane soccer team splits matches with Pierce Community College and Clark College.
The Pierce Community College Raiders came to Lane on Oct. 16 looking for a victory over the second-ranked Titans.
The Titans defeated the Raiders in a 2-0 game, advancing the Titans’ record to 7-3-1 even though Lane trails behind top-ranked Clackamas.
“This is our sixth straight shutout so we are pretty happy about that,” Titans coach Dave Ellis said.
The game started and before the crowd could get settled, freshman forward Aubrie Hood scored at the two-minute mark.
The next goal, by freshman forward Karlee Willcox, came in the 45th minute.
“They just packed the middle. It was really hard to play our possession game,” sophomore defensive midfielder Caitlin Castillo said.
Castillo added that they played more balls over the top of the defense and let the forwards and the wingers (wide midfielders) get up at the ball.
Freshman midfielder Emily Walker kept her teammates in the game by reminding them of their match against Clackamas.
Walker told the team that they needed to play exactly how they played against Clackamas, while keeping the intensity up and always moving.
After the 11-0 win against Rogue, coach Ellis didn’t have to tamp down expectations heading into the game against Pierce.
Lane vs. Clark, Round 2
The Lane Titans lost, 0-1, to the Clark College Penguins in their second meeting on Oct. 19. The Titans and the Penguins now share a record of 7-4-1 as they head into the playoffs.
The Titans are ranked slightly above the Penguins as Lane has two more shutout games this season.
“When we go to Clark, it’s a bar brawl where a soccer game breaks out,” Titans coach Dave Ellis said.
Ellis adds that Clark’s uneven field didn’t allow them to pass out of trouble as much as they liked.
Clark’s only goal came at the 86th minute from a shot 45 yards away.
“We literally just missed scoring by inches and (a Clark player) ripped a shot from 45 yards. I don’t think she could do it again if she took that shot 100 times, but that’s the game we play,” Ellis said.
Ellis said there was an urgency to score because it is the same thing as a loss and winning was the only goal they had.