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Lake Oswego girls remain undefeated, but not in first

We're more than halfway through the high school soccer season, and the Lake Oswego girls have yet to lose a game. But they find themselves in second place in the league standings, largely because of three consecutive ties.

'Ties kind of hurt of you,' Lake Oswego coach Dominic Yambasu admitted.

But Lake Oswego broke free from that 'all-even' streak with Monday's 2-0 win over Milwaukie.

Milwaukie typically plays all of its home games at Alder Creek Middle School (formerly Clackamas High School), which has a much nicer field than Milwaukie High School. But Alder Creek's field was unavailable on Monday, so it was back to MHS. And it wasn't pretty, Yambasu said.

'Their field is really bad,' the coach said.

That might have been a factor in why the Lakers managed only two goals against the winless Mustangs.

'We didn't play very well,' Yambasu said. 'But we won.'

Despite the low score, it was obvious which school had the better side, but Milwaukie is doing its best to narrow the gap.

'Give credit to Milwaukie,' the coach said. 'They stepped up their game and played harder. I don't know if they could have beaten us, but they've made some strides.'

It doesn't help, though, that Milwaukie has very few club players on its roster while virtually everyone for the Lakers has extensive club experience. That might explain why the Lakers dominated the time of possession on Monday and had a lopsided advantage in shot attempts.

'We had a lot of control of the game, but not to the point of it being (a blowout),' Yambasu said.

The coach said everyone played well for his team, but the stars of the night had to be Jackie Wallis and Mady Johnson. They each scored a first-half goal for the Lakers, and that's all they needed.

The Milwaukie game pushed the Lakers' record 4-0-3 in league and 6-0-3 overall. So, it shouldn't be too surprising that Yambasu likes the way his team is playing right now.

'I'm happy with where we are,' he said. 'We're playing decent … but we have a (tough) road ahead of us in league.'

That tough stretch of games starts with next Tuesday's contest against West Linn - a team that handed Lakeridge its only loss of the season last week. After that, the schedule includes games against Lakeridge, Oregon City and Clackamas - the three teams that the Lakers tied earlier this season.