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Lake Oswego girls play to their third consecutive tie

A tie is always better than a loss and the Lake Oswego girls soccer team is taking that adage to heart.

The Lakers played Clackamas to a 2-2 tie on Tuesday, marking the third straight game that the Lakers settled for a tie.

That left the Lakers and the Cavs with identical 3-0-3 records and a second-place tie in the Three Rivers League standings. Lakeridge is two points in front of both schools after beating Milwaukie 5-0 on Tuesday.

Some coaches are disappointed when they have to settle for a tie, but Lake Oswego coach Dominic Yambasu wasn't upset at all with his team's performance on Tuesday.

'Clackamas is a good team,' Yambasu said. 'We both gave each other trouble.'

The Lakers scored first and last in that game, with both goals coming from Mady Johnson. The first tally came four minutes into the game when Johnson headed in a corner kick from Gabbie Lindeman.

Then, after a pair of goals by Clackamas, the Lakers tied it with a score in the second half. Cali Reis started the play with a free kick that the Clackamas goalkeeper bobbled. Johnson was in good position, though, and she picked up the rebound and deposited it in the net.

The deadlocked game capped a eight-day stretch in which Lake Oswego tied its three toughest opponents in the TRL - Lakeridge, Oregon City and Clackamas. And Yambasu is proud of the way his team played during that time.

'I think we're growing and maturing,' the coach said.

'I think they can still get better … It's going to take playing in more games like this,' Yambasu added. 'Tonight, everybody put in the effort that was needed … They played a good game, even with the tie.'