Lake Oswego falls to West Salem 3-1 in the first round of the playoffs

The Lake Oswego boys soccer team's bugaboo all season has been its struggle to put away scoring chances and, on Saturday, that theme played out once again as the Lakers fell 3-1 to West Salem in their first playoff game.

Lake Oswego was in the game until the final few minutes and had as many scoring opportunities as the Titans did if not more.

West Salem was fast out of the gate, scoring the game's first goal.

But the Lakers continued to put the pressure on and repeatedly got the ball up to its forwards.

Shortly after falling behind, Lake Oswego evened the score when Hunter Ware laid a ball into Jamie MacRitchie who knocked it into the net.

Later in the half, the Lakers had a brief miscue on defense and gave one of West Salem's top scorers too much space at the top of the box and he would go on to score the go-ahead goal.

“They had some quality players. They had a player at the back who kept them organized and we gave their kid up front some room and he punished us,” Lake Oswego coach Fraser Morrison said.

Lake Oswego trailed 2-1 at the half but continued to attack and generate chances.

The Lakers had some near misses on free kicks and continued to push forward seeking the equalizer.

With a little more than five minutes left, Lake Oswego earned a corner kick. The ball was cleared by West Salem which ignited a counter attack.

The Titans would capitalize with another goal to all but lock up the game.

“It just came down to them doing a better job of finishing their chances. Taht was just kind of how the year went,” Morrison said.

Lake Oswego will turn over a large percentage of its team next year. The Lakers will graduate 12 seniors but return a strong junior class of contributing players.

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