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Pacer boys fall to Canby, girls rally to stay in first

by: VERN UYETAKE - Alec Ingraham makes a play on a ball during the Pacers' come-from-behind win over West Linn last week. The Pacers trailed 3-2 but scored twice in the final 10 minutes to pick up the victory. The Lakeridge boys soccer team suffered a minor setback on Tuesday, falling to a dangerous Canby team 2-1. The Cougars feature one of the top scorers in the state and are a difficult match-up defensively.

Lakeridge had to play the majority of the game down a player after picking up a red card in the first half. The game was tied 0-0 at the break but the Pacers ran out of gas in the second half.

The loss followed a wild victory over West Linn last week. The teams battled back and forth and the Lions were able to break down the Lakeridge defense for three goals.

Although the Pacers weren't at their best, they rallied back resiliently.

Lakeridge trailed 3-2 with 10 minutes to play in the game but continued to put the pressure on and knocked the Lions off their feet in the closing minutes.

The Pacers rallied with a pair of late goals to steal a 4-3 victory.

The Pacers currently sit at third in the league, tied with Canby and will play Lake Oswego tonight (Thursday).

The Lakeridge girls lost their first league game of the year 2-0 to an inspired West Linn team last week and were in danger of dropping two games in a row on Tuesday against Canby.

The Cougars scored early, just seven minutes into the game and controlled much of the first half.

Canby was comfortable playing defense with its slim lead and the Pacers started to generate more chances in the second half.

Lakeridge finally broke through on a pretty assist from Maddie Krauss to Natalie Bristol to knot the score.

But the Pacers weren't done. Just four minutes later Lakeridge got another opportunity and Nicole Helm scored the game-winner. The victory keeps the Pacers in first place in the league at the midway point.