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Challenge News Story: Lady Titans Place Penguins on Ice

Challenge News Story:  Lady Titans Place Penguins on Ice imagePosted: 10/4/2010 8:16:00 AM

The Titan Ladies returned home Saturday, following a road trip where they came away with a tie against Peninsula. The Titans, set to defend their home turf, were matched up against the Clark Penguins. The visiting birds were grounded early on and never could take flight.

Just four minutes from the opening whistle, Titans' midfielder Samantha Willey scored with an assist from forward Tristan Dear. The field energy was short lived, for just a few minutes later Clark found one of its players unable to get up, following a bad fall. The game was stopped and trainers rushed the field in response. Clark's Taylor Pierce had to leave the game and emergency units responded. Reportedly, she was diagnosed to have a broken right wrist. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her.

Upon her exit, the game resumed and the Titans energy quickly found its way back to the field as well. Tacoma's Monica Araujo found the net with an assist from Willey at the 13th minute. Following an offside's call against Clark, Tacoma's defender Jessica Wetzel, shot a kick down field towards our forwards. Willey gained possession and passed it to Tristan Dear, who got off a clean, powerful shot that the Penguins' goalkeeper couldn't prevent. Up three to nil on the visitors, the remainder of the period was mostly back and forth play that yielded a few opportunities for TCC to climb further ahead but never quite found the net.

The second period provided more defense than offense. Titans' goalkeeper Keisha Parker had some spectacular saves towards the end of the game that allowed her to record the Lady Titans first shutout of the year. On one particular play, the visitors had a great opportunity and clean shot at our goal but Parkers efforts caused the shot to be deflected over the top of the goal. The 78th minute allowed Araujo to find her second goal of the game with an assist from Ashley Carmichael. Just a minute later Keisha Parker had another amazing save. The Penguins took a shot at our net, but Parker had an incredible block that ended up back with Clark again. Threatening to score, Parker fought her way into a position to box out the aggressor and pick up the ball, sending it on its way back downfield to deny the visitors for the final time.

The Lady Titans are beginning to find their identity and really come together and gel as a team. Way to Go Titans. The Titan's have their next two games on the road. They are at Bellevue on October 6th and at Chemeketa on October 9th. They will converge back at home on October 13th facing Highline at 2pm. Let's get out there and show these girls some Titan love!

Photo: Monica Araujo on her way to her first of two goals in Saturday's contest. Photo by W. J. Miller

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