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Pacer freshman lead team to victory in TRL opener

by: Vern Uyetake, 
Lakeridge’s Jenna Horton eyes a shot attempt during Tuesday’s TRL game against West Linn. Horton missed on the shot but the Pacers wound up scoring anyway. They went on to win the game 5-0.

On a night when the Lakeridge girls soccer team was missing a variety of talented players due to injuries, a pair of freshmen stole the show during the team's league opener.

Kathryn Little and Jaimie Landreth knocked in all five of Lakeridge's goals as the Pacers recorded a convincing 5-0 victory over West Linn on Tuesday.

In the league opener for both teams, Lakeridge took an early lead and never looked back. With fewer than two minutes gone in the contest, the Pacers earned a corner kick and Landreth curved the ball perfectly towards the net. It hit off the far post and into the goal for a score that set the tone for the rest of the night.

'I wasn't trying to score really. It just went in,' Landreth said.

The Pacers victimized West Linn's defense for the majority of the contest. Lakeridge's forwards routinely got behind the back line or beat defenders which resulted in a large number of breakaway opportunities.

'Riley (Costello), Kathryn and Jaimie were awesome tonight and the balls we played to them were good,' coach Ryann Furrer said.

Little scored her first goal in the 14th minute and she and Landreth each knocked in another tally with under 10 minutes to play in the opening half.

As well as Lakeridge played in the first 40 minutes, the score could have been even more lopsided. The Pacers had another goal by Landreth called back by an offsides penalty, Little hit the post after beating West Linn's goalie and Lakeridge had at least three other chances from point-blank range that were either saved or knocked over the crossbar.

'I think it kind of surprised us. We wanted to come out and win but we didn't know we were going to come out this strong,' Landreth said.

The pace slowed down in the second half as Lakeridge focused on defense but, in the final 10 minutes of the contest, the Pacers became the aggressors again. Little finished her hat trick with just over two minutes to play and Jenna Horton nearly scored in the game's final seconds.

Lakeridge boys 4, Lions 0

After rolling to easy wins in the preseason, the Pacer boys kept their momentum going against West Linn in their league opener.

Eric Destefano recorded a hat trick for Lakeridge in a 4-0 victory that probably could have been even more lopsided. The Lions never threatened much on offense as Lakeridge had virtually all of the good scoring opportunities in the game.

'Their keeper made some really good saves and we didn't finish on a few opportunities. But we controlled the tempo,' coach Paul Slover said.

Facundo Dipascuale scored the game's first goal midway through the first half after Taylor Thompson gave him a nice feed off of a free kick. Later in the half, Destefano beat a defender and scored to make the lead 2-0 at the break.

Just four minutes into the second half, Josh Little laid a nice pass to set up DeStefano's second goal and, with 12 minutes to go in the game, Nick Wilkins tallied the assist for Destefano's third strike.

The win came after an impressive 5-2 victory over Southridge, a team Lakeridge beat in the playoffs last year. Despite giving up a pair of goals, the Pacers were never in danger, taking a 4-1 lead midway through the second half and never looking back.

'It's hard to complain. We're getting positive results but I won't really be happy until we're winning in a playoff game,' Slover said.

LO boys 1, Roseburg 0

After watching his Lake Oswego boys soccer team beat Roseburg 1-0 last Thursday, head coach Fraser Morrison was almost apologetic.

'The play was a little sloppy, so I didn't have a tremendous amount of fun this evening,' Morrison said.

The end result was certainly better than Lake Oswego's season-opening 4-3 loss to Grant, but Morrison felt his team easily could have scored more goals against Roseburg.

'There were periods when they played quickly … and they created chances. Then there were periods where individuals were out there taking five, six touches and (then) the game is boring,' Morrison said.

Lake Oswego got its only goal in the 48th minute when Danny MacNaughton picked up a rebound in front of the goal and quickly deposited it in the net.

The Lakers had at least three other opportunities that easily could have resulted in goals. The best chance came 25 minutes into the first half when Jackson Ray delivered a nice centering pass to Troy Hall, but Hall's shot was just inches off the mark to the right.

In the second half, Ryo Asai and Hall had good looks from close range but Roseburg's Aaron Estrada turned away both shots. Estrada also deflected two other attempts over the crossbar.

Morrison was pleased with his team's defensive play, including goalkeepers Gregory Fillmore and Tommy Olen, who each played a half in the net.

LO girls 5, Roseburg 1

The visiting Lakers scored twice in the first 10 minutes and had a 3-nil lead by halftime. The Lakers then tacked on two more goals in the second half en route to a 5-1 non-league road victory over the Indians.

Mady Johnson scored twice for Lake Oswego while Katrin Krebs, Melinda Madden and Cali Reis had one goal each.

Both Laker teams will be back in action on Thursday after receiving byes on Tuesday.