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Laker girls pick up first league win over Lakeridge

by: VERN UYETAKE Lakeridge defender Ellee Daskalos tries to fend off Lake Oswego’s Lizzie Batiuk in the first half of last week’s 1-0 win by the Lakers.

The Lake Oswego girls soccer team is just starting to get healthy again. Now all it needed was a breakthrough win to right the ship.

That win came last week in the Civil War as the Lakers topped Lakeridge 1-0 backed by a phenomenal defensive effort.

Lake Oswego started out the game strong with a nice run by Lizzie Batiuk. Sixteen minutes into the game, Sarah Passadore sent in a cross that went unanswered but the loose ball was cleared to Lizzy Darling who one-timed it into the back of the net from 18 yards out.

"It was so well struck. That shot was great," Lake Oswego coach Dominic Yambasu said.

The Lakers controlled the first 20 minutes of play but Lakeridge came alive late in the first half.

Maddie Kraus had three shots that were turned away and the Pacers also came up with a dangerous corner kick that was narrowly cleared in the final minute before the half.

Both teams' back lines were outstanding all game. Lake Oswego's Ali Binns routinely put an end to Lakeridge runs and while Lakeridge had plenty of possession in the second half, it was lacking in great scoring chances.

The Pacers' best chance to score came on a header by Brittany Dales that was just knocked away by Lake Oswego's goalie Juliana Ramey.

Moments later, Grayson Williams-Krebs hit a header over the top of the net for the Lakers.

With 17 minutes to play in the game, Lake Oswego was presented with a chance to all but put the game away.

Blair Dozois was tripped up in the goal box and a penalty kick was awarded. However, the shot missed wide, giving Lakeridge new life.

"That says something about our team. The game is full of things like that but the girls snapped out of it quickly," Yambasu said.

The Pacers played with energy in the final 10 minutes as they sought the equalizer.

Katey Jacobsen made a nice move to break free of a defender but sent her shot wide and Krissy Craig missed an attempt wide as well.

The Pacers earned two late corner kicks but neither one of them was answered as the Lakers held on for their first league victory.

"It feels great. The girls showed that they're a good team and they needed that confidence," Yambasu said.

On Tuesday, Lake Oswego gave first-place Clackamas a run for its money. The Cavaliers have lost just once in league this season and narrowly edged out the Lakers 2-1.

Meanwhile, Lakeridge fell in a tough game to Canby 2-0.

The Lakers and Pacers are currently tied with a 1-3-1 record in league through the first round of games.