The Shoreline Dolphins delivered Lane’s women’s soccer a season ending loss this past Saturday. It was a defensive showdown that ended in a penalty shoot-out after two extra periods.
“PK [penalty-kick] shootouts are a tough way to end a game … let alone a season,” Head Coach Erica Jensen said.
The Titans’ aggressive offense managed to take fourteen shots on goal while their virtually impenetrable defense, led by freshman defensive forward Crystal Adame, kept Shoreline on their heels. A gut-wrenching five player penalty shootout defined the victor.
The first kick belonged to freshman defensive forward Hannah Bolton, who managed to sneak one by the Shoreline goalie to give the Titans a 1-0 lead.
This lead held true after a Shoreline miss. The Dolphins then capitalized on the Titans after a failed second goal attempt, evening the score.
The Titans responded in kind, with sophomore midfielder Anna Goodrie reclaiming the lead. Shoreline evened the score on their next kick of the shootout, and a miss by Lane would have it stay that way.
The Dolphins went on to take a 3-2 lead before sophomore midfielder Araceli Jimenez punched in a crucial goal to knot it up 3-3.
But Jimenez’s goal would not be enough. The Dolphins knocked in another goal to deliver the upset with a 4-3 victory over the Titans.
The Titans finished their season as Southern Regional Champions with a record of 13-5-2, falling short of the NWAC Championship title.
“[The Titans] are committed to getting better everyday,” Coach Jensen said of her 2015 Regional Championship soccer squadron. “We hit the ground running on Monday and start preparing for next year.”