Lake Oswegos season ends with a 1-0 loss to Westview at home

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lake Oswego's Ali Binns looks to clear a ball in the Lakers' 1-0 overtime loss to Westview last week.“I told the girls that this game is cruel,” Lake Oswego girls soccer coach Dominic Yambasu said after Saturday's 1-0 overtime loss to Westview which ended the Lakers' season.

Lake Oswego controlled the majority of the possession and had a handful of scoring chances, but Westview's defense held firm and the Wildcats scored on a deflected shot in overtime to advance to the round-of-16.

The game was ruled by defense with both back lines stepping up. Lake Oswego's Maddy Ellis turned away a pair of runs by Westview in the first half and, toward the end of the half, the Lakers upped their pressure.

Lake Oswego controlled the final 10 minutes of the first half but the game stayed scoreless at the break.

The Lakers had a great opportunity early in the second half when Sarah Passadore's shot was saved following a scramble in the box after a corner kick.

Westview was more assertive early in the second half and did a nice job winning loose balls all game long. But the Lake Oswego defense held firm to keep the Wildcats off the board.

As the half wore on, the Lakers started to control possession again.

Lake Oswego earned another scoring chance when Blair Dozois collided with the goalie after making a run but the ball was eventually cleared.

“I thought we were in control for most of the game. We just wanted to play our game. That's all you can do,” Yambasu said.

Madeline Reece then hit a shot wide and Grayson Williams-Krebs found space but put her shot over the crossbar.

Williams-Krebs had another hard shot in the final minute of regulation that was saved as the Lakers dominated the final 10 minutes of the second half but still couldn't find the back of the net.

“We just couldn't put one away. You certainly can't fault the girls' effort,” Yambasu said.

Westview opened the first overtime period with intensity and started to put some real pressure on Lake Oswego.

Juliana Ramey made a nice save to preserve the tie but, with just 1:55 to play before the teams switched sides, Westview's Jadyn McMillan got off a shot from the top of the box that was partially deflected and found its way into the far corner of the goal.

Westview continued to play well in the second overtime period, sending a dangerous shot over the crossbar.

Lake Oswego's best chance to tie the game came on a deep shot from Ali Binns that sailed over the target.

Westview upped its emphasis on defense even more in the final 10 minutes and held on for the win.

Lake Oswego will graduate six seniors from this year's team but should return a very strong squad next season.

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