The Pacers and Lakers look to crack the top-three with three games left

by: MATT SHERMAN - Lakeridge's Nicole Helm, left, and Lake Oswego's Emily Elott battle for a ball in last week's 1-1 draw.The second round of the girls soccer Civil War started and ended with a flurry, culminating in a hard-fought 1-1 tie as both squads jockey for position in the Three Rivers League.

The game featured dozens of scoring chances, big momentum swings and a pair of goals in the first 12 minutes of play.

Lakeridge, a team looking for revenge following its earlier 1-0 loss to the Lakers, got on the board quickly when Natalie Bristol got off a shot from near the baseline that was partially deflected and found the back of the net.

Despite, giving up a goal just two minutes into the contest, Lake Oswego rebounded, controlling the next 10 minutes and getting near misses from Sydney Pluhacek and Lauren Gilbert before Addie Farance fired a shot on goal that was saved. The ball then found its way back to Farance who didn't miss on her second attempt, knotting the score.

The teams then went back and forth for the remainder of a highly entertaining first half.

Shannon Walton had a shot that was saved and Lake Oswego put together a nice combination from Gilbert to Farance that was blocked. Pluhacek had another opportunity that was turned away nicely by Lakeridge goalie Hope Daskalos.

Lakeridge had a chance late in the half off the foot of Nicole Helm that sailed over the top.

The second half started a bit slowly but the pace picked up quickly. Helm sent a shot wide for the Pacers and Lakeridge had another run that drew Lake Oswego goalie Emma Heil away from the net but the Pacers couldn't knock in the goal.

Lakeridge started to take control of the game midway through the second half and Bristol seemed to be all over the field and involved in virtually every play, getting at least four good chances to score in the second half alone.

The Pacers peppered the goal in the final 10 minutes, getting chances from Bristol and Shannon Walton and a corner kick from Mallory Walton that glanced off the crossbar.

Lake Oswego's best chance in the second half came on a cross from Cami Dozois to Libby Dozois that was knocked just wide.

On Tuesday, the Lakers gave up two goals late in the first-half and dropped a 3-0 decision at West Linn while the Pacers played in another nail-biter and lost 1-0 to Clackamas.

With three games left in the regular season, Clackamas and West Linn are firmly in first and second place in the league, setting up a battle for third place and a first-round bye.

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