Titans advance to NWAC semifinals
Taylor Boyer and Karlee Wilcox each score and the Lane women knock off Shoreline 2-1 on Saturday
By Jarrid Denney
For The Register-Guard
For the second time in school history, Lane’s women’s soccer team has advanced to the semifinals of the Northwest Athletic Conference tournament.
The Titans defeated Shoreline 2-1 in a quarterfinal matchup at Lane Community College on Saturday afternoon to earn a trip to the tournament’s final four — the first since 2006.
“We have a group of sophomores who aren’t ready to be done playing, so it’s awesome that we get to live to play another day,” Lane coach Erica Jensen said. “We have such a good group of hardworking student-athletes and I’m so happy for them.”
Karlee Wilcox volleyed the ball into an empty net in the 71st minute to put the Titans up 2-0 and secure a trip to the next round.
“My heart dropped when I watched the ball go in. … I have never been so excited in my life,” Wilcox said. “I just knew from then on, since we had a second goal, that we were more likely to keep going.”
Wilcox’s goal was assisted by Taylor Boyer, who drew Shoreline keeper Melissa Schuetze away from goal and chipped the ball over her head to set up a wide-open Wilcox.
Boyer, who leads the Titans with 17 goals and seven assists this season, opened the scoring with a goal of her own in the 41st minute, and had four shots on goal in the first half.
“We could have had five goals in the first half. ... Credit to Shoreline’s keeper,” Jensen said. “We haven’t seen a keeper who makes those kind of saves, and she absolutely kept (the Dolphins) in the game.
“It’s the first time I’ve seen anybody shut down Taylor Boyer.”
Titans goalkeeper Erica Cogburn recorded seven saves, and surrendered the Dolphins’ only goal on a penalty kick by Shoreline forward Hayley Warren in stoppage time.
The Titans, who own a record of 13-2-2 and captured their first ever NWAC Southern Region championship this season, will play their semifinal match on Nov. 15 at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash. They will face the winner of today’s match between Peninsula and Treasure Valley.
Boyer leads Lane with a pair of goals
SALEM — Taylor Boyer scored two goals and goalkeeper Erica Cogburn recorded the shutout in Lane Community College’s 2-0 win against Chemeketa in a women’s soccer game on Saturday. Boyer scored in the 10th and 80th minutes for the Titans.
NWAC title a first for Titan women
Lane shuts down Clackamas 4-0 to clinch league soccer crown
OREGON CITY — Lane scored three goals in the first half to win its seventh straight game, beating Clackamas 4-0 to claim the Titans’ first NWAC Southern Region women’s soccer title in school history.
Karlee Willcox, Taylor Boyer and Jordan Hevern all scored in the first half, and the Titans cruised to win the regional championship with two games remaining in the regular season. The crown gives Lane a first-round bye in the Northwest Athletic Conference playoffs and a home game in the quarterfinals.
Anna Goodrie scored for Lane (11-2-2) in the second half, and Erica Cogburn earned the shutout in goal.
The Titans play at Chemeketa on Saturday, then play a noncounting match against Linfield to end their home schedule on Tuesday.
Titans keep soccer win streak alive
Taylor Boyer scored two goals to lead Lane to a 3-0 victory over Pierce in an NWAC women’s soccer game on Saturday at Lane’s field.
It was the sixth straight victory for the Southern Regional-leading Titans (10-2-2), who have outscored their opponents 19-1 during that stretch.
Boyer scored unassisted in the 11th minute for Lane, and shortly before halftime, Serena Boehm scored off a pass from Kylee O’Connor to make it 2-0 at halftime.
Boyer scored her second goal in the 64th minute.
Boyer leads Lane past Southwestern Oregon
Taylor Boyer scored two goals, Anna Goodrie and Serena Boehm each had two assists and Lane cruised to a 5-0 victory over Southwestern Oregon in a NWAC women’s soccer match on Saturday at Lane.
The Titans (8-2-2) won their fourth consecutive match to remain first in the NWAC South Region standings. Boyer’s second multi-goal performance this season increased her team-leading goal total to nine.
Boehm assisted on both of Lane’s first-half goals, one to Kylee O’Connor in the 22nd minute and another to Boyer seven minutes later.
Both of Goodrie’s assists came during a three-goal second half, connecting with Boehm and Boyer just five minutes apart. Miklaila Riddle capped the scoring with an unassisted goal in the 65th minute.
The Titans return to action at 2 p.m. Wednesday when they host Clark.
Lane beats Clackamas with second-half push
Taylor Boyer and Jordan Hevern each scored in the second half as Lane defeated Clackamas 2-0 on Saturday in a NWAACC women’s soccer match.
Boyer, who recorded a game-high five shots, put the Titans (6-2-2) on the board with an unassisted goal in the 61st minute.
Hevern scored 15 minutes later on an assist from Breana Berger that sealed the victory.
Goalkeeper Serena Boehm finished with five saves, helping Lane to its fifth shutout of the season.
Titans off to fast start
By Jarrid Denney | For The Register-Guard
Erica Jensen added to an already hectic schedule this summer when she accepted the position of women’s soccer coach at Lane.
Jensen, who also serves as director of the Little Timbers youth program with the Eugene Timbers Fútbol Club and coaches several youth teams, has the Titans off to a 5-2-2 start with aspirations of capturing their first regional title in school history.
“It’s been busy, that’s for sure,” Jensen said. “It’s been so much fun and I’m pleasantly surprised with the group of student athletes who are here.”
Jensen was hired in late July after former coach Dave Ellis, who had been with the Titans since 2008, resigned in order to spend more time with his family.
“I can’t take credit for this year’s team, because there are some very good players that were already here,” Jensen said. “Dave did a really excellent job of keeping some local talent home.”
The Titans returned a talented group of sophomores, including Kyleigh Jandro and Karlee Wilcox. Both tied for the team-lead in goals scored in their freshman seasons.
Emily Walker, a defender who was named an all-star last season, also returned.
Many of Lane’s players have local roots and played prep soccer in the Eugene and Springfield area. That local connection has already helped create a strong team chemistry.
“One of our main goals at the beginning of the year was to come together as a team and we’ve definitely done that,”
sophomore defender and co-captain Mikaila Riddle said. “We’re all definitely really close.”
Lane has received a huge boost from Riddle, a transfer from Oregon Tech, as well as from do-it-all midfielder Taylor Boyer, who leads the team with five goals and also has two assists.
Boyer, who played the 2012 season at Oregon where she started 12 games for the Ducks, made the decision to transfer to Lane after changing majors last spring.
“It was hard at first not knowing what (the coaches) expected of me and what my role was going to be,” Boyer said. “But everyone has welcomed me with open arms and that has really helped me get into the groove of things.”
Jensen said a major part of the Titans’ game plan has been finding ways to get Boyer closer to the goal.
“Obviously she brings a ton with her play because she is a superb athlete. ... She’s just a soccer player,” Jensen said.
“She gets the game. She understands it.”
Boyer and Riddle, along with sophomore goalkeeper Erica Cogburn and freshman midfielder Anna Goodrie, all attended Thurston, where they helped lead the Colts to a Class 6A state championship in 2012.
“It’s a really good core of kids and they want to win,” Jensen said. “They have always qualified for the playoffs but they’re really determined to win it all this year.
“I have a lot of sophomores who want to go out with a championship behind their name.”