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Soccer Recap

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN, 
Lakeridge sophomore Lauren Greer makes a move and tries to avoid a Milwaukie slide tackle during Tuesday’s 9-0 victory over the Mustangs.

Lake Oswego girls

After a bye last week the Lakers wrapped up the first half of league play with a solid 3-0 victory over Putnam on Tuesday.

Lake Oswego has yet to lose a game this year and has just one tie on its record putting the Lakers in terrific shape to win a league title.

The story continues to be Lake Oswego's outstanding defense led by Gabbie Lindeman, Tori Gray, Sara Edmondson and Amy Schlesinger.

The Lakers have only yielded one goal in league play (to West Linn) and two goals the entire season. Goalies Kat Colson and Ashleigh Anderson have also contributed to that stat with each making a handful of terrific saves this season.

Lake Oswego has important game against second place Oregon City tonight (Thursday) and a win would move the Lakers one step closer to clinching the league's No. 1 seed.

Then the Lakers take on Clackamas next week before the Civil War rematch against Lakeridge.

Lakeridge girls

The Pacers are currently playing some of their best soccer of the entire season.

Last week saw Lakeridge pick up a breakthrough 3-1 victory over a strong and physical Oregon City team. That win put the Pacers right back in the playoff picture.

In fact, Lakeridge finds itself in a three-way tie for third place currently with West Linn and Clackamas.

The Pacers became just the second team in league to saddle Oregon City with a loss. The Pioneers are only two points ahead of that three-team logjam.

On Tuesday, Lakeridge kept momentum going and recorded a 9-0 win over Milwaukie. The Pacers didn't score in the game's first 25 minutes until Leslie Hundhammer knocked in a shot with 15:29 to play.

Hundhammer then had a goal disallowed a minute later but, on the ensuing kick, she stole the ball and scored again on her way to an eventual hat trick.

The Pacers put the game away in the closing minutes of the first half and Jenna Horton scored the team's fifth goal in a 15-minute period, knocking in a shot with no time remaining on the clock.

Lake Oswego boys

It was a rough start for the Lakers against Putnam on Tuesday. The Kingsmen scored the game's first two goals and sent Lake Oswego a quick wake up call.

But the Lakers responded with a goal late in the first half and then dominated the game after the break.

Ryo Asai had two goals in the game while Danny Mitchell, Thomas Iwasaki and Jackson Ray each added one.

'We stepped things up and converted some of our chances,' coach Fraser Morrison said.

The Lakers finished the first half of league play 5-1 and in a solid second place. Lake Oswego can stake a claim for at least a share of the league title by knocking off Lakeridge in next week's Civil War rematch.

Lakeridge boys

The Pacers picked up a 6-0 win over Oregon City last week, weathering a strong start by the Pioneers in the process.

Then Lakeridge knocked off a surprisingly strong Milwaukie squad 3-1 on Tuesday to complete the first half of league play unbeaten.

The Pacers scored in the first minute when Patrick Kelly won a ball and beat the defense to the goal.

But the Mustangs came back strong, tying the game midway through the half.

With the score 1-1 at the break, the Pacers came out focused. Connor Dales scored and Kelly added his second of the game to help preserve the win for Lakeridge.

'It's put us in the lead at the midway point and that's a good place to be,' coach Paul Slover said.

Lakeridge has a bye and then a game against a rejuvenated West Linn team before the Civil War game.