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Girls soccer falls to inspired Laker team

by: Vern Uyetake, Taylor Brooke, left, fights past a Lake Oswego defender in last Thursday’s 5-0 loss. West Linn fell to 2-1-1 in league and is now in third place. After a bye on Tuesday the Lions take on Milwaukie this Thursday.

In soccer, fortunes can change in an instant and the West Linn girls found that out the hard way last Thursday in their highly anticipated showdown with Lake Oswego.

The game was scoreless for the first 25 minutes before an explosive Laker offense erupted for four goals in 12 minutes to quickly put the game out of reach en route to a 5-0 win.

Thursday's game started slowly as both teams went without a shot for nearly 10 minutes. Jazmine Whitlock finally found space for West Linn but her shot missed wide.

The Lions had a few early chances in the opening half as Taylor Brooke sent a dangerous cross in front of the net that was cleared and Ali Vogt hit a hard shot that was saved by Lake Oswego's goalie.

But, with just under 15 minutes to play in the half, Lake Oswego received the ball deep in West Linn's territory. Lions goalie Addie Brown made a save on the Lakers' original shot but the rebound went right to an open Madeline Johnson, who knocked in the first goal of the game.

That score opened the floodgates for the Lakers. Less than a minute later, Lake Oswego earned possession and Johnson made a nice feed to Jill Shoquist, who knocked in a pretty shot to the far post.

The Lakers dominated the rest of the half. With seven and a half minutes to go, Kat Colson headed in a shot off of a corner kick and, finally, with two and a half minutes to play, Shoquist scored on a header that just cleared Brown's outstretched hands.

The Lions were, understandably dejected at the break but nearly scored minutes into the second half when the Lakers struggled to clear a ball in the goal box that was eventually booted away.

Sami Demars had another good chance early in the half for West Linn but her run was stopped by the Laker goalie.

Lake Oswego was content to play keep-away for much of the second half but, with just over seven minutes remaining in the game, a handball in the goal box gave the Lakers a penalty kick that Shoquist knocked in to complete her hat trick.

West Linn is 2-1-1 in league and in third place behind Lake Oswego and Lakeridge.