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Pacers fall to No. 3 Tualatin

Lakeridge stays within striking distance until the final minutes.


by: DAN BROOD - Lakeridge's Gen Dupre looks to win a ball aginst Tualatin during last week's 2-0 loss in the first round of the playoffs. The Lakeridge girls soccer team had a tough draw to open the playoffs, taking on traditional power and No. 3 ranked Tualatin on the road.

The Pacers had a handful of chances but couldn't crack the Timberwolves' defense in a season-ending 2-0 loss.

The Wolves got off to a fast start on Saturday.

Tualatin scored on a pretty shot from 19 yards out into the right side of the Lakeridge goal to give the Timberwolves a 1-0 lead with 25 minutes remaining in the first half.

Tualatin kept firing away from there, getting multiple shots on goal later in the half.

Meanwhile, the Tualatin defense limited Lakeridge to just one shot on goal in the first 40 minutes. The Pacers' one first-half shot on goal was a free-kick attempt by senior Mallory Walton from 30 yards out, with Tualatin sophomore goalkeeper Emily Leonard making the save.

Madison Dupre also made a nice run toward the Tualatin goal but her attempt was stymied by the Tualatin defense.

The Pacers seemed to try to turn up the pressure in the second half.

Nicole Helm had a strong shot deflected with 22:55 left in the match and Dupre hit a deep shot that was saved with 10:48 remaining.

But, as the match entered its final 10 minutes, the Wolves found themselves still holding just a 1-0 advantage.

Tualatin would finally get its insurance with a shot to the left side of the Pacer goal to push the lead to 2-0 with 7:30 left in the match.

Lakeridge graduates seven seniors from this year's team and will take a hit on defense next year but should still be very competitive.

— Matthew Sherman contributed to this story.



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