The Lakers could have one of their strongest all-around teams in the past few years

by: VERN UYETAKE - Blair Dozois will be one of Lake Oswego's main targets on offense this year on a team that has already had very little trouble finding the back of the net. The Lake Oswego girls soccer team could be one of the program's most talented in a few seasons featuring an impressive back line and a quick-strike offense that put up 11 goals in its first two games.

As has been the case in recent seasons, the Lakers will be anchored by a rock solid defense, led by senior Alli Binns, one of the top defenders in the league.

She will be joined by returning starters Emily Prasil and Kate Hearon as well as sophomore Sarah Passadore. Emily Wolff, Abigail Bergevin and Chrissy Rumpakis will also see time on defense.

The defense will support returning goalie Juliana Ramey.

“We should be fairly balanced this year but our back line is definitely one of our strong points,” coach Dominic Yambasu said.

In the midfield, Lake Oswego returns senior Grayson Williams-Krebs, Madeline Ellis and Prasil, who Yambasu describes as a utility player who can fit in all over the field.

Lizzy Darling, Addie Farance, Emily Elott, Madeline Reece and Zoe Wong will also fill in at midfield for the Lakers who have a large contingent of left-footed players this season.

Up front, Lake Oswego is led by a pair of seniors in Libby Johnson and Blair Dozois who are both very dangerous in the open field.

Two youngsters will also be a factor up front in freshman Sydney Pluhacek and Madison Lamont.

“We're still learning to play together but we have been finding the goal early which is good,” Yambasu said.

Lake Oswego is 2-0 to start the season, picking up an impressive 4-2 win at Southridge to start the season in a game where the Lakers rallied from a deficit twice.

Lake Oswego then knocked off Century on the road 7-1.

The Lakers are a versatile team this season and will look to control the pace of the game when they can.

“It will depend on who we play but we like to possess the ball and run when we can. We don't really want to be a direct team,” Yambasu said.

The Lakers will look to move up in the standings of a very strong Three Rivers League this year.

“It's always so tough. Anyone can take the league this year but we want to be competitive with the best teams,” Yambasu said.

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