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Boys soccer teams battle for title

by: VERN UYETAKE, 
Lakeridge’s Tyler Abegg tries to head the ball out of harm’s way in the Pacers’ 2-1 victory over West Linn on Monday.

The Lakeridge boys survived a scare from West Linn on Monday night to stay unbeaten in league heading into Wednesday's Civil War rematch.

But, even though the Pacers trailed for much of the first half and didn't take the lead until 18 minutes to play in the game, coach Paul Slover was happy with how the team played.

'We did pretty well. Their keeper had a nice game and I think we made him look good,' Pacer coach Paul Slover said.

That's because Lakeridge was dominant, controlling the ball for the majority of the contest and peppering West Linn's goal with shots.

In all, the Pacers took 27 shots, nine of which were on goal and also racked up 11 corner kicks. Those stats might lead one to believe that the team scored six or seven times.

'We moved the ball well and got good opportunities, now we just have to finish them,' Slover said.

But, in fact, it was the Lions who drew first blood.

Ten minutes into the game, a dangerous ball got behind the Lakeridge defense and goalie Jason Dodson came out of the goal box to make a play.

There was a collision and West Linn was issued a free kick. Dodson was also given a yellow card and forced to leave the field briefly.

The Lions put the shot into the back of the net and took the lead.

Lakeridge continued to dominate the half but looked like they would head into the break trailing.

However, with just under a minute left in the half, Josch Heismann got the ball along the end line and beat two defenders leaving him with a wide open shot that he didn't miss.

'We were thinking it might not be our night but to get that one at the end of the half was huge,' Slover said.

Still, it would take a while before Lakeridge would take the lead.

With eighteen minutes to play in the game, the Pacers earned a corner kick and Micah Joyner laid a short pass to a wide open John Martin.

Martin then drilled a terrific shot in the back of the net and the Lakeridge defense didn't allow West Linn a chance to come up with the equalizer.

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Lake Oswego also kept pace heading into the Civil War rematch pounding Oregon City 9-2 and then knocking off a solid Clackamas team 4-1.

Against the Cavaliers, the Lakers got off to a quick start scoring twice in the first 20 minutes.

Lake Oswego was controlling the tempo of the game, particularly in the first half and took the two-goal advantage into the break.

'We weren't quite as sharp as I'd like but we pretty much controlled the game. there wasn't a lot of pressure on us in the first half,' Laker coach Fraser Morrison said.

Clackamas cut into the deficit early in the second half and threatened to tie the score but it didn't take long for Lake Oswego to rebound.

'It was a little precarious for a bit but we were able to convert some of our chances,' Morrison said.

Jackson Ray ended up with a hat trick and received assists from Jan Oldekop and Brian Greenberg.

Troy Hall added the fourth goal for Lake Oswego as they disposed the Cavaliers for the second time this year.

The Lakers did what they needed to do in order to stay even with the Pacers.

Lake Oswego still only has one loss in league and a win in the Civil War rematch would put the two teams in a tie atop the TRL.