Orcas, Jones top Shoreline 4-2


Claire Morgan thought her soccer team had been playing too defensively entering its matchup with Shoreline.

Whatcom Community College's women's soccer team answered its coach's call for more offense in an emphatic way, scoring four unanswered goals en route to a 4-2 win on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at WCC's Orca Field.

"Offensively, as a whole, we needed to take more risks in the attacking-third and put them under more pressure," Morgan said in a phone interview. "We were just very defensive minded, but obviously (that) is not a bad problem to have."

Bailey Butcher scored the Orcas' first goal in the 30th minute off an assist from Emily Russell. Kaya Jones scored her first goal of the match 13 minutes later to give Whatcom a 2-0 lead.

Jones, specifically, is someone Morgan left impressed with given her performance Wednesday.

"She was great up top today," Morgan said. "She was very active off the ball, and she took chances ... which is nice to see."

Kylie Garrison added to Whatcom's lead with a goal in the 55th minute, and Jones followed that up seven minutes later with the Orcas' final goal of the match.

And while the four goals and the win were positives to be taken from Whatcom's match with Shoreline, the defensive letdown in the final 20 minutes was not.

"The last 20 miuntes, it was like we should have finished the game a little stronger," Morgan said. "I hate to see that happen since we had given up the fewest goals in the (conference), and to give up two in one game was kind of a letdown."

Whatcom (8-0-4), which sits second in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges conference behind Edmonds, faces third-place Everett Community College on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Everett.

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