The Lakers move into second place with wins over Canby and Oregon City

After a slow start to league, the Lake Oswego boys soccer team has rattled off three straight wins to stay within striking distance of unbeaten West Linn in the Three Rivers League.

The Lakers have only give up one goal in the three wins, getting strong defense from its back line.

Duncan Atwood and Nick Turner have shored up the defense, which switched from a three-man line to four following a concussion to Max Moede.

The switch has paid off as the Lakers have been one of the harder teams to score on in the league.

“We've been a tough defense to play against recently,” coach Frasier Morrison said.

Lake Oswego gained some momentum following its dramatic win against Clackamas last week. With the game tied at 1-1, Kyle Gazzigli headed in a ball off a corner kick with just seconds to play, propelling the Lakers to victory.

Gazzigili had a big week for Lake Oswego. Against Canby, the Lakers scored first on a goal by Alex Krenek but Canby quickly equalized and the game was tied at 1-1.

But Lake Oswego continued its attack and put pressure on the Cougars for the majority of the game. Gazzigili gave the Lakers the lead again, converting on a nice feed from Ethan Elliott. He would then score the clinching goal, giving him three for the week as the Lakers won their second straight.

On Tuesday, Lake Oswego shut out Oregon City 2-0. The Lakers fended off a Pioneers team that has been steadily improving but it took some time.

The teams played to a scoreless draw in the first half but Lake Oswego remained confident.

Midway through the second half, Krenek scored on a corner kick.

Lake Oswego would seal the game with less than 10 minutes to play on a goal from Evan Bernert.

The Lakers are firmly in second place in the league at the midway point and are ranked No. 2 in the state by the OSAA.

“The league is pretty close. On any given day a game could go either way. We're viewing every game as a playoff game right now,” Morrison said.

The team will face Lakeridge on the road tonight (Thursday). The teams tied 0-0 in their first meeting.

The Lake Oswego girls will look to sweep the season series with Lakeridge tonight. After the league-opening 1-0 win, the Lakers have dropped four straight.

However, Lake Oswego had been in each of those games, losing all of them by just one goal. The league is bunched up in the middle and the Lakers are currently just four points out of second place.

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