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LO girls top Pacers for first time since 2001

by: VERN UYETAKE, 
Lake Oswego’s Melinda Madden, right, fends off Lakeridge’s Sam Schulte during the Lakers’ 1-0 win on Tuesday. Madden scored the game’s only goal early in the second half.

A young Lakeridge team gave Lake Oswego everything it could handle on Tuesday night but, in the end, a stout defensive effort by the Lakers prevailed for a 1-0 victory.

It was the first victory the Lakers have recorded over their cross-town rivals in seven years. And it didn't come easily.

Like the boys game that preceded it, the first 20 minutes of play were slow and methodical as the teams settled into a rhythm.

Lake Oswego had an early chance when Mady Johnson laid a pass to Jacqui Wallis whose shot was saved nearly by A.J. Griffin.

The pace of the game picked up in the final few minutes of the half. Lakeridge's Jenna Horton had a solid shot on goal that was turned away by Kat Colson and then, with two minutes to go before the whistle, Lake Oswego's Cali Reis knocked a shot off the crossbar.

But the game stayed scoreless at the break.

'Our defense was very solid fending them off. They're a very feisty team,' Lake Oswego coach Dominic Yambasu said. Gabbie Lindeman keyed a strong back line that turned away the majority of good Lakeridge chances.

The scoring drought ended early in the second half. Just over a minute after the teams came back onto the field, the Lakers earned a free kick and Reis passed the ball to Melinda Madden who then knocked in the game's only goal.

Minutes later, the Pacers nearly answered when Jaimie Landreth's shot from close range went over the top of the goal.

Lakeridge got one of its best chances of the night midway through the way on a dangerous corner kick that wasn't cleared but second-half goalie Ashleigh Anderson made a solid save.

Lake Oswego hand a handful of near misses, including Julianne Parker's touch which hit off the crossbar.

The Lakers also had a pair of one-on-none opportunities that went unanswered. First, Johnson received a feed from Madden and her shot rolled just inches wide of the net.

And, minutes later, Johnson sent a terrific pass to Ally Rumpakis who also pushed a shot just barely off target.

'We probably should have had more goals but I am happy we are up there firing away. As time goes on those shots will drop in,' Yambasu said.

Lake Oswego racked up the shot attempts in the closing minutes but the Pacers still had a chance to salvage a tie. Horton took the offense on her shoulder in the closing minutes, beating defenders and creating opportunities.

In the final minute, she earned a free kick that was taken just outside the box. With 20 seconds to play the ball was sent into the goal box but the header was knocked wide of the net in what would be the final shot of the evening.

'It's always an emotional game no matter what. It's always going to be tough,' Yambasu said of the Civil War rivalry.

Lake Oswego remains unbeaten in league, moving to 3-0. Last Thursday the Lakers knocked off Clackamas 1-0 on a second-half penalty kick by Reis.

Lakeridge now stands at 0-2 in league but its losses are to, arguably, the two best teams in the league.

On Thursday, the Pacers fell to West Linn 3-1 with the team's goal being scored by Kathryn Little after a corner kick.

Recap

1 2 Final

Lake Oswego 0 1 1

Lakeridge 0 0 0

Scoring:

LO: Melinda Madden from Cali Reis. 38:41 2nd.

LO LR

Shots: 16 9

On goal: 7 3

Corners: 2 3