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LO girls pull away late in win

by: Vern Uyetake, 
Lake Oswego’s Annika Sohlstrom and Lakeridge’s Ally Will go for a loose ball in last Friday’s game.

It was a game of momentum shifts between Lakeridge and Lake Oswego's girls lacrosse teams last Friday. And the Lakers were the beneficiaries of the final swing as they scored the final three goals of the game en route to a 13-9 victory over their cross-town rivals.

Lake Oswego kept the Pacers off the board for the final 10 minutes of the game to preserve the hard-fought victory.

But, for a five-minute stretch, the Pacers were dominant, rallying from a 9-4 deficit to draw within one goal.

'That's the nature of this rivalry. These girls all know each other and it's always a tough game,' Laker coach Lauren Anderson said.

Lake Oswego appeared to have all but put the game away in the opening minutes of the half. After holding a slim 5-4 advantage at the break, the Lakers scored the first four goals of the half. Emily Fuller had two of her game-high four goals in the first three minutes of the half and, after Anna Berne gave Lake Oswego its biggest lead of the game, Lakeridge called time-out to regroup.

The Pacers responded. Allie DeBruhl got the rally started and, after a penalty, Lindsay Wagner scored as the game started to shift toward Lakeridge. Annie Misell got on the board less than a minute later but Lake Oswego's Flannery Underwood broke up the run just 30 seconds later off a nice pass by Annika Sohlstrom.

But the Pacers weren't done. Meghan Jordan scored on an assist from Hannah Harrell and DeBruhl scored off of a penalty to make the score 10-9.

'I think the difference was that the girls realized what needed to be done,' Pacer coach Jessica Voas said.

Lake Oswego then clamped down on defense. Underwood gave the Lakers some breathing room with a goal off of a penalty and Fuller followed suit. Lake Oswego goalie Evan Goldsmith made a pair of nice saves late in the game to thwart a comeback and Amy Schlesinger scored the game's final goal with two minutes remaining to seal the victory.

The first half of the game was much more even keeled. Jordan scored the first goal of the game for Lakeridge. Sierra Ainge scored Lake Oswego's first goal on an assist from Sohlstrom and Fuller scored a minute later.

'Annika really stepped it up for us. We pulled away because of our defense,' Anderson said.

DeBruhl and Sarah Seals had back-to-back goals to give the lead back to Lakeridge but Lake Oswego responded with three straight goals. Sohlstrom took over late in the half with two of those goals and Berne added the third on an assist from Fuller.

Wagner scored for Lakeridge with one minute to play in the half.

Both teams now head into the heart of the season with upcoming games against the strong programs of West Linn and Oregon City.