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Wildcats battle LO teams in girls soccer

Westview beats LO, but falls to Lakeridge in soccer playoffs


LAKE OSWEGO — The Westview girls soccer team continued the battle of the lake on Tuesday night, but two days after beating Lake Oswego, the results weren't quite as good this time.

The 21st-ranked Wildcats, the Metro League runners up, took on Three Rivers League champion Lakeridge at Lakeridge High School in Tuesday's second round of the Class 6A state playoffs, and pushed the Pacers to the very end before coming up on the short end of a 1-0 score.

by: MATT SHERMAN - TACKLE FOOTBALL - Westview's Erika Cook makes a sliding tackle in the Wildcats' 1-0 win over Lake Oswego last week

The loss ended Westview's year at 6-8-2, while the fifth-ranked Pacers improved to 11-4-1 and advanced to the state quarterfinals where they'll play at Tigard at 5 p.m. Saturday.

The Wildcats held their own with the talented Pacers throughout Tuesday's first half, and had one strong chance to score by Mac Kearney, but Lakeridge keeper Sarah Swanson made a nice save at the near post to keep the game deadlocked at 0-0.

Then, 15 minutes into the second half, the Pacers got the game's lone goal when Natalie Bristol scored on a really nice cross by Nicole Helm with 28:20 to play in the second half. Helm got the ball on the left side and played it into the box where Bristol slammed it home.

That score, along with the strong play of Olivia Onustock and Maddie Krauss, was enough on this day, and Lakeridge held on to win by that 1-0 margin.

“We played one of our better first halves, but the second was not as sharp,” said Westview coach Chris Martin. “Lakeridge had several very strong players who caused problems for our defense all evening. They are a very balanced team in both attack and defense.”

Westview 1, Lake Oswego 0 (OT)

LAKE OSWEGO — The Westview girls soccer team just kept playing.

Kept playing, kept pushing, kept defending, and finally came through with the win.

The Wildcats got an overtime goal from junior Jadyn McMillan and used that to fuel its 1-0 win at Lake Oswego in Saturday's first round of the Class 6A state playoffs. The 12th-ranked Lakers, the fourth-place team from the Three Rivers League, ended their year at 9-6-1.

"I thought we played really well,” McMillan said. “We just want to get the most out of our opportunities."

“I felt the game was heading to penalties, given that both teams defended extremely well,” added Martin. “It was a nice win for my team from a mental standpoint.”

Martin probably wasn't the only one expecting penalty kicks on Saturday, especially after two scoreless 40-minute halves and an overtime period that also appeared to be headed that direction. But McMillan had other ideas. With just 1:55 left in the first half of overtime, Allison Messenger passed the ball to McMillan just outside the top of the goal box. From there, she hit a shot to the far post that was partially deflected but snuck into the goal for the game-winning score.

"I was just trying to hit it as far from the keeper as possible and hope it went in,” McMillan said. “After that, I knew we would pull it out."

“A majority of my players have never been in a playoff game, so to gain the experience of battling until the end to win can only help a young team develop,” Martin added.

Matt Sherman contributed to this report.



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