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Girls soccer team hopes for early bye

With one game left in the regular season the West Linn girls soccer team was in fourth place but, considering the schedule, it wasn't a bad place to be.

The Lions were two points behind Lakeridge and three points behind Clackamas but those teams played each other on Wednesday.

That means that, with a win by West Linn against Oregon City on Wednesday, the Lions could do no worse than finish in a tie for third place in the league and they would likely avoid a play-in game.

Last week West Linn fell to Clackamas 2-1, it's second loss in a row but, after the contest, there wasn't much to feel bad about.

The Cavaliers have just one loss in league this year and that was to the Lions earlier in the season.

Last Thursday West Linn played Clackamas evenly on the road but the Cavaliers were a bit more opportunistic and came away with the victory.

"After the game I said I thought we played well and there really wasn't much more we could have done. It wasn't like we didn't try hard enough, we just weren't able to capitalize," coach Holly Baird said.

Clackamas was looking to avenge its lone loss in league this season and started out the game well, scoring in the first half and taking a lead into the break.

"We won our share of the 50/50 balls and we were pretty aggressive," Baird said.

Clackamas would go up 2-0 before the Lions rallied and made things very interesting in the final 15 minutes.

West Linn got on the board when Paige Myers knocked in a cross from the top of the box.

The Lions had their chances to knot the score but Clackamas' defense was strict and was able to turn them away.

Heading into Wednesday's game there was still plenty to be determined in the league. The Lions could finish anywhere between third and fifth place but, for now, they are simply focusing on their next opponent.

"We've been working on keeping the ball on the ground and tightening a few things up. We're trying not to look into the future at all. It's a little like cramming for a test. If you don't have it figured out by now you just don't have it," Baird said.

Results of West Linn's game against Oregon City were not available at press time. The teams played to a 0-0 draw earlier in the year.