Lane women sense progress in inaugural soccer season.
Byline: Adam Jude The Register-Guard
Sean MonDragon has suddenly - and anxiously - emerged as one of the biggest fans of the newest sports program at Lane Community College.
Looking down on the Lane soccer field from atop a sideline hill, MonDragon, the school's athletic director, gnawed on his fingernails while waiting for the LCC women's soccer team to score its first goal against visiting Southwestern Oregon.
"It's exciting, you know," MonDragon said. "You can't beat this. It's a great day for soccer."
The aura and excitement of this inaugural season of Lane women's soccer wasn't lost during an otherwise disheartening 6-2 defeat to the Lakers before a small gathering Tuesday afternoon.
Despite a handful of early opportunities, the Titans trailed 3-0 at halftime and didn't score their first goal until Adriana Montes, a Springfield High product, knocked in a corner kick from Nina Jaramillo in the 70th minute.
Freshman Samantha Stewart, from Cottage Grove, added her second goal of the season later in the second half before the Lakers added two insurance goals in the final five minutes.
Lane fell to 0-4-1 this season in the NWAACC, but coach Shane Dasher said he has been pleased with his team's progress.
"I'm positive," he said. "It's only the first year, and once these girls get to know the system, I think by the end of this year we're going to be a very tough team."
With soccer growing as one of the country's most popular youth sports, Lane opted to add women's soccer while simultaneously saving baseball through private fundraising.
"This area has really become a hotbed for soccer," MonDragon said. "The numbers of some of the kids coming out for soccer are amazing, especially for girls soccer. The girls are loving it, and we want to provide as many opportunities as we can."
Dasher, the coach for the local Oregon United Soccer Academy club team, wasn't named the Lane coach until the beginning of May, leaving him just a few short months to put a team together.
"I completely started from scratch on May 1," Dasher said. "I missed the entire recruiting season, so it's a blessing to have such a quality group."
The roster is a collection of 18 freshmen and only one sophomore, most from the Midwestern League.
"This team has a lot of good players, but it's a matter of putting it on the field and making it work," said freshman Brittany Hayes, who helped Sheldon claim back-to-back state championships. "We're not used to the formations and we're still getting to know each other off the field. It can be frustrating at times, but we just need to stay positive and have hope."
The Titans bonded during their first road trip last weekend - a long trip to Eastern Washington made even longer after they were outscored 9-0 in losses to Walla Walla and Spokane.
"I was aware that we could be 0-4 right now," Dasher said. "Any time you find yourself in an 0-4 situation, the team and the girls are perplexed and they think they stink, but it's my job to make them understand the baby steps and (show) them the good things we took out of it.
"Every fan that came here today saw that we're a good soccer team. We have a team worth watching."
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|Aug. 27||GREEN RIVER 2, at LANE 2
GRCC GOAL-Phillipy (Hanson assist) 4:00.
Lane GOAL-Hayes (pk) 21:00.
Lane GOAL-Katcherside (Smith assist) 76:00.
GRCC GOAL-Kieft (Verkler assist) 85:00.
(First ever women's soccer game in Lane history)
|Sep. 6||CLACKAMAS 2, at LANE 1
Lane GOAL-Stewart (Frye assist) 13:00.
ClCC GOAL-Coto (Durand assist) 32:00.
ClCC GOAL-Ingalls (Cardenas assist) 58:00.
|Sep. 9||at WALLA WALLA 7, LANE 0
WWCC GOAL-Ikerd (Rodell assist) 12:27.
WWCC GOAL-Koelzer (Welch assist) 23:20.
WWCC GOAL-Willcox 41:50.
WWCC GOAL-Ikerd (Dugger assist) 44:10.
WWCC GOAL-Ginkle 47:00.
WWCC GOAL-Ginkle (Willcox assist) 79:15.
WWCC GOAL-Koelzer (Willcox assist) 86:00.
|Sep. 10||at SPOKANE 2, LANE 0
CCS GOAL-Johnson (Laughlin assist) 35:57.
CCS GOAL-Laughlin (DeLeo assist) 48:20.
|Sep. 13||SW OREGON 6, at LANE 2
SOCC GOAL-Shelhamer (Worden assist) 18:00.
SOCC GOAL-Stalling (Worden assist) 25:30.
SOCC GOAL-Worden (Gutierrez assist) 37:00.
SOCC GOAL-Massey (Viveros assist) 68:30.
Lane GOAL-Montes (Jaramillo assist) 70:00.
Lane GOAL-Stewart 82:00.
SOCC GOAL-Shelhamer (Worden assist) 84:00.
SOCC GOAL-Gutierrez 86:00.
|Sep. 16||LANE 5, at WENATCHEE VALLEY 0
Lane GOAL-Stewart (Montes assist) 5:23.
Lane GOAL-Stewart 12:20.
Lane GOAL-Smith 17:32.
Lane GOAL-Boyer (Jaramillo assist) 20:34.
Lane GOAL-Montes 54:56.
|Sep. 24||CLARK 1, at LANE 1
Lane GOAL-Montes (Jaramillo assist) 29:00.
Clark GOAL-Humphreys 50:00.
|Sep. 30||at LANE 2, COLUMBIA BASIN 1
Lane GOAL-Montes (Stewart assist) 26:00.
Lane GOAL-Hayes (Cole assist) 36:00.
CBC GOAL-Glines (Roberts assist) 88:00.
|Oct. 01||at LANE 1, TREASURE VALLEY 0
Lane GOAL-Cram (Hayes assist) 77:00.
|Oct. 07||at CLACKAMAS 4, LANE 0
ClCC GOAL-Nash (Meduri assist) 46:20.
ClCC GOAL-Coto (Triller assist) 49:55.
ClCC GOAL-Nash 58:13.
ClCC GOAL-Nash (Triller assist) 65:24.
|Oct. 08||LANE 1, at SW OREGON 1
SOCC GOAL-Stalling 2:37.
Lane GOAL-Cram (Cole assist) 49:07.
|Oct. 14||WALLA WALLA 4, at LANE 1
WWCC GOAL-Beyerlein (Conners assist) 31:00.
WWCC GOAL-Ikerd (Willcox assist) 35:30.
WWCC GOAL-Ikerd (Koelzer assist) 39:30.
WWCC GOAL-Koelzer (Ikerd assist) 58:00.
Lane GOAL- Frye-Keele (Hayes assist) 79:00.
|Oct. 15||SPOKANE 2, at LANE 1
Lane GOAL-Jaramillo (Stewart assist) 11:43.
CCS GOAL-Johnson (Buckley assist) 59:10.
CCS GOAL-Laughlin (DeLeo assist) 75:00.
|Oct. 21||at LANE 10, WENATCHEE VALLEY 0
Lane GOAL-Montes (Stewart assist) 2:30.
Lane GOAL-Stewart (Smith assist) 9:00.
Lane GOAL-Jaramillo 27:30.
Lane GOAL-Stewart (Frye-Keele assist) 35:00.
Lane GOAL- Frye-Keele (Stewart assist) 35:30.
Lane GOAL-Cram (Ketcherside assist) 44:30.
Lane GOAL-Smith 45:30.
Lane GOAL- Frye-Keele (Schreiner assist) 47:00.
Lane GOAL-Hayes (Cole assist) 64:00.
Lane GOAL-Hayes (Cole assist) 71:00.
|Oct. 22||at LANE 2, LOWER COLUMBIA 0
Lane GOAL-Cole (Boyer assist) 75:00.
Lane GOAL-Montes (Stewart assist) 88:00.
|Oct. 29||LANE 2, at CLARK 2
Lane GOAL-Stewart (Boyer assist) 1:15.
Clark GOAL-Sellberg 15:40.
Lane GOAL-Hayes (Stewart assist) 25:45.
Clark GOAL-Sellberg 63:00.
|Nov. 04||LANE 2, at COLUMBIA BASIN 0
Lane GOAL-Montes (Stewart assist) 53:00.
Lane GOAL-Schreiner (Montes assist) 67:00.
|Nov. 05||LANE 1, at TREASURE VALLEY 1
Lane GOAL-Stewart (Montez assist) 36:24.
TVCC GOAL-Bentley 40:31.
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