The Lane women’s soccer team lost in a 1-0 game to the Everett Community College Trojans in their first playoffs game of the season Nov. 6.
The late Everett goal came at the 79th minute off a corner kick, which was converted by Everett’s Denae Weigelt.
This will be the sophomore’s last game in a Titans uniform and it was a hard-fought and physical match.
“I’ve played against Jeff (Everett head coach) and that’s definitely their thing. I told them to weather the first 10 minutes,” Titans head coach Dave Ellis said.
Leading up to the game, Ellis had to plan for Everett’s forward Rachel Detroit.
“Detroit is their best player. Emily (Walker) took her away single-handed,” Ellis said.
Walker said that she was fast and good with the ball at her feet. She had to remind herself that Detroit is her first priority and there is no way she was gonna score.
Everett’s physicality got them in trouble as they received two yellow cards. Lane received none but took a beating from the Everett players.
“I think that we knew that they were going to be physical. I mean, I didn’t expect McKynzie (Ritchie) to get rocked 10 times in a row by the same two players,” sophomore goalkeeper Samantha Schoene said.
Freshman forward Aubrie Hood had to sit out the game due to a concussion she received during their last game of the regular season Nov. 2.
“If we would have won this game, we would have had a really good chance to make it to the final four, but things happen,” Hood said.
The Titans have put up some impressive numbers this season. They scored 54 goals, which ties them with Shoreline Community College for fifth most goals scored in NWAACC. They totaled 34 points this season, which is the sixth most in the conference.
“We struggle against teams that don’t actively try and score goals, and Everett really sat back against us, and we didn’t adjust,” Ellis said.
Titans sophomore defensive midfielder Caitlin Castillo said they expected the game to be physical but underestimated how much it would affect their game
“I think it was our mental preparedness that wasn’t up to par that day. I felt it in the warm up,” Titans sophomore midfielder McKynzie Ritchie said.