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Eagles dial down offense in loss

BOYS SOCCER-Centennial OT loss result of defensive-minded focus
by: Kris Anderson Centennial's defender Francisco Garcia (4) brings the ball into Lake Oswego territory during Saturday's 2-1 Overtime loss

If ever a goal could hurt the team who scored, it happened to the Centennial Eagles last Saturday.

Following their goal in the 29th minute, Centennial was no longer the aggressor. They played safe. That allowed No. 23 Lake Oswego to pressure the Eagles for the remainder of the game.

They often held possession inside Eagles' territory, and in the 71st minute, the Lakers tied to game to force overtime.

In overtime, the Eagles' offense was more potent than it had been, but the Lakers were more fortunate. Laker Jason Luhnow scored the winning goal in the first minute of the second overtime, upsetting the No. 11 Eagles 2-1 and advance to the second round of the 6A playoffs.

'We just got in this mode where (we'd) grind and hope we don't let them score,' said defender Ethan Palioca, who scored the Eagles' lone goal, 'but it was a pointless decision, because, obviously, they did. And we just settled back, hoped that they wouldn't score and just played defense and cleared the ball every time.'

Look for extended coverage of the Centennial-Lake Oswego match in the Nov. 9 edition of The Outlook.