The Lake Oswego boys soccer team got off to a strong start in league, racking up a 9-3 win over Oregon City on Tuesday.
After a slow start that saw no goals for the first 20 minutes of play, the floodgates opened as the Lakers took a 4-0 lead into halftime.
'It was a bit of a slow start but were able to find our stride and get into a rhythm,' coach Fraser Morrison said.
Three of those goals were scored by Jackson Ray who was battling an illness during the game. After recording the hat trick he sat out the remainder of the game.
That cushion also allowed the Lakers to experiment with different rotations and play multiple players at a variety of positions.
Defensive anchor Cale Bigelow was brought forward and Oregon City countered by bringing its top defender up front as well and he scored two goals for the Pioneers.
But the game was never in doubt as Lake Oswego dominated throughout, creating dozens of scoring chances.
'We changed a lot of things in the second half and that allowed us to take a look at a number of different people to see if they might be able to help us there in the future,' Morrison said.
Also picking up a hat trick was Ryo Asai. Jan Oldekop scored two goals of his own and earned high praise from his coach.
'He had some moments of magic and made some great finishes,' Morrison said.
Chris Schroeder also got on the board with a goal.
'It's nice because I think teams aren't going to be able to double-team one player when they play us,' Morrison said.
The Lakers are 1-0 in league and sit at 2-1 for the season.
In non-league play Lake Oswego took on two solid opponents. The Lakers knocked off Tigard 1-0 but then fell to Grant 1-0 on a late penalty kick that proved to be the difference in the game.
Next up for Lake Oswego is a home game today (Thursday) against Clackamas, a team expected to be one of the best in the league. The game begins at 7:30 p.m.
Next Tuesday the Lakers will travel to Lakeridge for the first game of a double-header, featuring both the boys and the girls teams. The boys game begins at 5:30 p.m. with the girls game following.