Lake Oswego picks up its second straight win, earns showdown with No. 1 Tigard

The Lake Oswego girls soccer team finished the regular season with an impressive 3-2 win over Oregon City, snapping its losing streak in league and then rode that momentum into a very solid performance in its play-in game at David Douglas.

The Lakers controlled the scoring chances against the Scots and pulled away for a 2-0 victory, advancing to the playoffs.

Lake Oswego has been the recipient of some hard luck this season, playing competitively in virtually every Three Rivers League contest but rarely getting its desired result.

The Lakers had five losses this season by just one goal but were still playing with plenty of confidence late in the season.

“I think we showed we can play with anybody. At times the ball didn't fall our way this year but we're a competitive side,” coach Dominic Yambasu said.

Lake Oswego's three-goal showing against the Pioneers was its largest offensive output of the season since its opening game and it gave the team a lift heading into a play-in game on the road.

The Lakers' experience in tight games and against strong competition paid off as the team started off strong against the Scots.

Lake Oswego got on the board in the first half after earning a corner kick. Sydney Pluhacek hit the cross and directed it straight into the net.

The pace of the game went back and forth and David Douglas was aggressive on offense, looking to quickly feed the ball up to to its forwards.

However, the Lakers' offsides trap was extremely effective and routinely caught the Scots off-guard and drew the flag from the linesman.

It continued to be a close game throughout the second half and Lake Oswego goalie Emma Heil came out to make a pair of nice saves on dangerous runs by the Scots.

But the Lakers would put the game away with five minutes left. Madison Lamont played a nice ball to Cami Dozois in the box and Dozois finished it, giving the Lakers a 2-0 advantage.

Lake Oswego now advances to take on the state's top-ranked team in Tigard on Saturday.

“When you play a team like (Tigard) you try to bring your A-game. It's always fun to play the top team in the state and we're looking forward to the challenge,” Yambasu said.

The Lakers will play at Tigard with the time still to be determined.

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