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The Lakeridge girls top West Linn last week while the boys best Canby on Tuesday


by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lakeridge's Natalie Bristol winds up for a shot in her team's win over West Linn last week. Bristol assisted on the Pacers' final goal of the 3-1 victory.The Lakeridge girls soccer team broke its scoring drought against a strong West Linn team last week, rallying for a 3-1 victory over the Lions on the road.

The game opened up slowly with neither team able to exert its style of play on the other.

West Linn began to generate more of an attack midway through the opening half and, with 11:30 remaining, it paid off with a goal.

Juliana Guthner knocked a perfectly placed shot on the ground off the far post and into the net to make it 1-0.

But the Pacers rallied impressively. Just six minutes later, Lakeridge earned a corner kick and the cross cleared the goal box. Nicole Helm tracked it down and played another ball back toward the scrum and the ball was lofted over the head of West Linn's goalie and into the net, tying the game.

Lakeridge fended off a dangerous corner kick from West Linn in the final minutes of the half and the game was tied at the break.

The Pacers seized momentum early in the second half. Just 80 seconds after play resumed, Lakeridge's Shannon Walton won possession near the end line and chipped a ball toward the far post. The ball deflected off the fingers of West Linn's goalie and found its way into the net, giving the Pacers the lead.

Lakeridge would control much of of the second half, getting another strong shot from Walton that was saved.

The Lions relied heavily on a counter attack but the Pacer defense held firm.

Midway through the second half, Lakeridge got some breathing room. Natalie Bristol sent a perfect pass into the goal box and Helm put it away, making it 3-1.

Helm nearly notched a hat trick later in the game but her shot was saved.

The Pacers continued to dominate possession down the stretch, holding on for the victory. The team's three-goal output was its most of the season so far.

Lakeridge would fall to Canby in a tough game on Tuesday but is one of four teams that is currently tied for second place with a 2-2-1 record in league at the midway point.

The Pacers will take on Lake Oswego at home on Thursday.

The Lakeridge boys got back in the win column on Tuesday with a 2-0 win over 0-5 Canby. The victory moves Lakeridge into sole possession of third place in the league now behind unbeaten West Linn and 3-1-1 Lake Oswego.

The Pacers played a solid game, keeping the ball on the Canby side of the field for the majority of the contest.

Canby struggled to get scoring opportunities and the Pacers rebounded from a tough 1-0 loss to West Linn last week.

In that game, both teams had multiple opportunities to score. Lakeridge goalie Trevor Wilson shined with a pair of terrific saves as did West Linn's Zach Nelson.

The Pacers generated chances but couldn't come up with the break to knock one in. West Linn scored midway through the first half and held on despite the Pacers pushing forward in the second half.



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