LO teams win water polo Civil War showdown
The Lake Oswego boys and girls water polo teams racked up a pair of victories over cross-town rival Lakeridge on Monday, keeping the Lakers' teams on track in their respective runs toward the state playoffs.
The Laker and Pacer girls took to the pool first. Lakeridge played solid defense in the opening quarter. Lydia Burris thwarted a number of early scoring attempts by Lake Oswego but Rachel Ashton got a nice pass from Ilse Paanakker and scored the first goal of the game for the Lakers.
Forty-five seconds later, Karin Rottman tossed in her first goal of the game on an assist from Elena Langer. Those two would connect for another goal with a minute to play in the first quarter, making the score 3-0 at the end of the opening stanza.
The Lakers started to pad their lead early in the second quarter. After narrowly missing on a shot over the crossbar, Rottman scored her third goal of the day.
'Karin is definitely a focal point for us on offense. We look to feed her the ball in key situations,' Lake Oswego coach TJ Harney said.
Lakeridge goalie Lexy Burris made a pair of stellar stops in the second quarter but Ashton was still able to score her second goal on a nice shot.
That was followed by two quick goals from Langer and Rottman's fourth on an assist by Marina Howard.
'I thought we played a very team-oriented game tonight and that showed in the score,' Harney said.
Paanakker and Rottman each scored in the third quarter for Lake Oswego but Lakeridge started to put together some of its best attempts on offense.
Lydia Burris had a pair of shots saved while Kelly Mohr made solid defense for the Pacers.
Lakeridge looked to break up the shut out in the fourth quarter. Monica Thornburg had a hard shot that was saved as did Lexy Burris. Meanwhile, Langer and Rottman each scored again for Lake Oswego to complete the scoring.
'Elena's really stepped it up for us this year. All of our seniors showed up ready to play this year,' Harney said.
The Pacers had a number of shots in the final quarter but Lake Oswego succeeded in keeping them off the board.
The Lakers are currently in third place in their league and will likely need a victory over the Valley League's top seed to earn a berth in the eight-team state playoffs. Games against Newberg and Tualatin, two of the best teams in the state, are coming up.
In the boys game, defense ruled the opening quarter. The Lakers' Stefan Sohlstrom fired a shot off the crossbar and Lakeridge's Mike Fuller barely missed on an attempt.
The game was scoreless until the final minute of the quarter when Lake Oswego's Joe Alston took a nice pass from Robert Brumley and scored.
'Robert has been outstanding for us this year. He and his brother Beau are tough to guard,' Harney said.
The Lakers opened it up in the second period. After John Verlinich saved a backhand shot by the Pacers' Matt Murray, Beau Brumley scored his first goal for Lake Oswego. That was followed by a goal from Eric Barton that hit the post and went in.
Lakeridge got on the board midway through the second quarter on a shot that Joey Bora tipped in past Verlinich.
But Beau Brumley responded for the Lakers by pouring in his team's next three goals. Murray scored a late goal for Lakeridge which was answered by a shot from Lake Oswego's Ted Schaller, making the score 7-2 at the half.
The Lakers focused on defense in the second half and kept Lakeridge off the board. Meanwihle, Alston scored two straight goals for the Lakers to extend the lead and Barton and Beau Brumley each added another tally.
'We play good team ball and I think John is one of the best goalies in the state,' Harney said.
Jono Friedman, after playing solid defense in the first half, notched a pair of goals for Lake Oswego in the final quarter and Beau Brumley and Schaller each added one to make the final score 15-2.
The Laker boys are in a similar situation to the girls team. They also sit in third place in their league behind Newberg and Tualatin and will likely need a victory over the Valley's league's top team to qualify for state.
'I think that's a win-able game for both teams and that we could have a chance to go far in the state tournament. What it comes down to is working on our man-up situations to help put points on the board,' Harney said.