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Injuries won't dampen LO girls' expectations

Lake Oswego was snakebit in the offseason but still has plenty of talent

Photo Credit: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego's Cami Dozois and Libby Dozois celebrate after Libby scores the first goal of the game in the Lakers' 2-0 victory over Gresham. With some unfortunate offseason injuries, Lake Oswego's girls soccer team is putting its youth on display this year but the Lakers could have enough firepower to be a dangerous threat in the Three Rivers League.

Lake Oswego will be without two senior captains this year as Madison Lamont and Sophie Wunderlich each suffered torn ACLs. The Lakers are also missing their starting goalie and a key defender early in the year due to injuries but expect to get those players back soon.

Still, the Lakers are hardly lacking in talent and possess an impressive assortment of goal scorers.

Lake Oswego has an influx of talent up front with Cami Dozois, Ellie Moreland and Makena Wong and Lauren Gilbert all possessing good speed and touch on the ball.

Libby Dozois, Sydney Pluhacek and Emily Elott can also apply pressure on the opposing defense, attacking from the midfield.

With multiple scoring options, coach Dominic Yambasu knows that finding the right combinations to get the team to jell could be a crucial part of the season. But even with the team's numerous targets up front, Yambasu hopes his team can play a possession style of soccer.

“We don't want to be so direct to the point of being reckless. I think we can be very focused and know what to do and when to attack and spread the field” Yambasu said.

Defensively Lake Oswego is young but it has already seen players step up and make big impacts early in the season.

Emma Heil is expected to return to the Lakers at goalie within the week and freshman keeper Ally Hock has done a solid job to start the year.

Lake Oswego also expects to get defender Ann Hill back soon from an ankle injury.

Sarah Passadore returns as one of Lake Oswego's co-captains and will anchor the defense. She will be joined by Kaylee Nicoll and Emma Hunter, a pair of talented sophomores who Yambasu has been impressed with so far.

“We'll need to get the defense solidified but they have been very good in our two games,” Yambasu said.

The Lakers are off to a 2-0 start this year. After traveling to Roseburg and picking up a 3-0 victory on Saturday, Lake Oswego hosted Gresham on Tuesday and dominated possession against the Gophers in a 2-0 win. Libby Dozois and Elott scored the Lakers' two goals against Gresham.

“We are already improving from our first game to our second which is encouraging,” Yambasu said.

Lake Oswego hopes to be competitive in an increasingly strong league this year and feels like it can be in every game it plays this season.

Lake Oswego travels to play Clackamas tonight (Thursday.)

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