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Soccer teams gear up for final 3 games

by: VERN UYETAKE Lakeridge’s Zach Goldstein outruns a West Linn defender for a loose ball in last week’s 3-3 tie with the Lions. The Pacers trailed 3-1 in the game before rallying.

There are just three regular season games remaining for the Lakeridge and Lake Oswego boys and girls soccer teams but still plenty to be decided.

The Lake Oswego boys are still very much in the running for a league title and are the only team in the league without a loss.

The Lakers sit at 3-0-4 right now following last week's 1-1 tie with Canby and Tuesday's 6-0 drubbing of Oregon City.

Lake Oswego's win over the Pioneers broke a run of three straight ties earned by the Lakers.

The team has a brutal stretch to close the season. Lake Oswego will travel to play Lakeridge and West Linn before hosting first-place Clackamas at the end of the year in a game that could be for the league title.

The Lakeridge boys earned a wild draw against West Linn last week.

The Lions started out hot, jumping out to a 3-1 lead but the Pacers never stopped pressuring on offense.

Lakeridge tied the game at 3-3 on a penalty kick and then had to endure a late flurry by the Lions that included a goal being called back on an offsides called and a missed penalty kick by West Linn.

The Pacers are 1-4-2 in league but can improve their standing next week.

The Lakeridge girls had perhaps their most impressive win of the season last week, pounding West Linn 5-1 for the Pacers' second league victory of the season.

Lakeridge jumped on the Lions early, getting first half goals from Lauren King, Mallory Walton and Maddie Kraus.

"We won 50/50 balls and tackled well. We finished well but we also weren't afraid to shoot," coach Ryann Furrer said.

Lakeridge then lost a tough 1-0 game to Clackamas on Tuesday. The Pacers put a lot of pressure on the Cavaliers in the second half but couldn't break through against the league's stingiest defense.

The Lake Oswego girls lost to Canby on Thursday but then picked up a point with a 2-2 tie against Oregon City.

The draw improves on a 2-1 loss to the Pioneers from earlier in the season. Lake Oswego is still looking for consistency and has been hampered with injuries all year.

Behind Clackamas the league is still bunched up and the Lakers could move up the standings quickly with a strong showing in their final three games.