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The boys soccer teams stay unbeaten on the year after tying in the TRL opener

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lake Oswego's Max Moede, left, and Lakeridge's Bruno Homedes elevate for a header during Tuesday's 0-0 draw at Lake Oswego High School. It didn't appear that the Lakeridge or Lake Oswego boys soccer teams ever got fully comfortable in the emotional first Civil War meeting of the year on Tuesday.

In a back-and-forth contest where neither team was in command for an extended period of time, scoring chances were at a premium. Perhaps fittingly, the game ended in a 0-0 tie as the teams kicked off league play.

Lake Oswego entered the contest with a 4-0 record and was playing some of the best soccer in the state. The Pacers also came into the game unbeaten, with a 2-0-2 record, having only given up three goals on the season.

Not surprisingly, defense ruled the contest and goalies Trevor Wilson and Duncan Atwood each had strong performances.

The first good chance for either team came midway through the first half when Lake Oswego's Kyle Gazzigli was taken down just outside the goal box, earning a dangerous free kick.

But the attempt was deflected by Lakeridge's wall, keeping the Lakers off the board.

For the Pacers, much of the team's early action ran through freshman standout Ryota Ito who was able to find a bit of room against the Laker defense.

With 15 minutes left in the first half, a Pacer cornerkick was sent into the box and the ensuing header glanced off the post.

Then, in the final minutes of the half, Gazzigli knocked a well-placed header that was turned away by Wilson.

The teams continued to attack cautiously to start the second half and both sides played fairly directly, getting the ball up the field quickly to their respective forwards.

Alex Krenek knocked a header wide while Lakeridge's Eleonso Cristobal struck a shot that also missed wide.

The Pacers found the post again with 15 minutes left in the game, this time on a rocket off the foot of Zack Goldstein.

That was followed by one of the best chances of the game for Lake Oswego. The Lakers' Evan Bernert found himself with space and drilled a shot from the top of the goal box, but Wilson reacted well and came up with a diving save, deflecting the ball out of bounds.

Both teams picked up the pressure in the final 10 minutes, making for the most entertaining soccer of the evening.

Lake Oswego's Ward Kirschbaum and Avery Kott each had shots that were turned away, as did Lakeridge's Sean McGuire.

With one minute left in the contest, Lakeridge earned a free kick near the baseline that was sent in and bounced around the goal box dangerously before eventually being cleared.

The draw keeps both teams unbeaten this year as league play heats up.

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