Valentina Loza battles PCC player Chantale Byrum on Oct. 7, 2015 at Lane
Valentina Loza battles PCC Panthers player Chantale Byrum on Oct. 3, 2015 at Lane. Photo by Justin Cox.

Lane’s women’s soccer team had their eighth shutout in a row a home on Oct. 7, 2015, defeating Chemeketa Community College 3-0.

Pikake Hix continued her hot streak under the lights on Wednesday night, scoring three goals to lead the Titans to victory. With 14 goals, Hix is now second in overall scoring in the Northwest Athletic Conference. Emily Hillestad also contributed with an assist to Hix in the 44th minute of play.

With this win under their belt, the Titans are now 9-3-1 overall and 6-0-0 in league play, keeping them in first place in the NWAC Southern Region. Not only is Lane on a eight-game winning streak, but a eight game shutout streak. Returning sophomore goalkeeper Erica Cogburn has not allowed a goal since Sept. 9, 2015, which was scored by Everett Community College.

This is Erica Jensen’s second year as the head women’s soccer coach at Lane. Despite having a large freshmen presence on the team this year, the Titans have been very successful. “We have some really strong sophomores that took the freshmen under their wings and held them to high standards,” Jensen said.

Titan players were armed with pink wristbands to raise awareness for breast cancer for the game. October being breast cancer awareness month, the women continue their tradition with their sixth annual Pink Out game.

Donations were accepted throughout the game, with all proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. The foundation is dedicated to cancer education, research and the search for the cure.

This year, Pink Out meant more to the Titans than bringing awareness to the game. “Our department is personally affected by it,” Jensen said, referring to a staff member who is battling cancer. “So, we made sure to make it about her.” The Titans proved on the field that they were fighting for more than a win.

The Titans still have some tough competition ahead, most notably against Clark Community College. Clark is 7-0-2 overall and is in second place in the Southern Region. The Titans are scheduled to take on Clark Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. at home.


Updated Oct. 22, 2015: Corrected headline and story to reflect that Women’s Soccer had won eight shutouts by press time.

Updated Nov 12 2015: Corrected date in the photo caption from Oct 7 to Oct 3, when that specific game took place.