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Boys soccer teams battle to 2-2 draw in first meeting

by:  VERN UYETAKE Lake Oswego’s Cody Peterson, left, and Lakeridge’s Bruno Homedes go after a loose ball in last Thursday’s 2-2 tie.

It was a bizarre first meeting between the Lakeridge and Lake Oswego boys soccer teams last week.

The Lakers out-shot the Pacers 19-10, putting nine shots on goal and earned eight corner kicks.

Meanwhile, Lakeridge put just four shots on frame but two of them were goals. Despite putting pressure on the Lakeridge goal all night, the Lakers couldn't score during the flow of the game but did pick up two goals on penalty kicks which was good enough to earn a 2-2 draw.

It was a game where both teams could feel fortunate in some ways to come away with a tie while still feeling dissatisfied with how the game played out.

Lakeridge got on the board just three minutes into the game. Alec Ingraham launched a deep shot that found its way into the corner of the net.

But, just three minutes later, momentum swung back to Lake Oswego. A handball was called on the Pacers after a Laker corner kick and Ryan Favero scored the penalty kick to knot the score.

Lake Oswego controlled the final 25 minutes of the first half. Andrew Jeffrey had a hard shot that was deflected and Cody Peterson sent a shot wide.

Lakeridge goalie Oliver Savage was put to the test during the game and had a pair of nice saves to keep the game tied.

The Pacers' best scoring chance for the remainder of the half came on a shot by Troy Attinasi that was hit at Lake Oswego goalie Owen Madin.

The Lakers nearly went up 2-1 when Jeffrey hit an open Favero who had gotten behind the keeper but the Pacer defense stopped the chance.

While Lake Oswego had controlled much of the opening half, it didn't take long for the Pacers to turn things around.

Just one minute into the second half the Pacers sent a dangerous ball into the box that got past Madin and Sam Manning knocked it into the open net.

Lakeridge played very well to start the second half, getting good scoring chances by Tyler Rich and Adam Froelich that were just off the mark.

But, with just under 18 minutes to play in the game, a penalty was called on the Pacers for a takedown in the goal box and, once again, Favero scored the penalty kick easily.

Manning nearly put the Pacers back up just a few minutes later when his hard shot was just knocked away by Madin.

Favero and Jeffrey each sent well-struck balls over the crossbar and Savage made two more solid saves to maintain the draw.

Lake Oswego followed its tie with the Pacers with another draw against Clackamas, giving the Lakers three draws in five league games.

The Lakers currently sit just one point behind Clackamas and West Linn for first place in the Three Rivers League.

Lakeridge fell to Canby 4-1 on Tuesday. The Pacers got on the board in the first half on a goal by Sam Manning but the Cougars roared back and put the game away in the second half.