LO girls remain unbeaten in TRL
The Lake Oswego girls remained unbeaten following their most important week of the season to date.
The Lakers took on previously unbeaten West Linn last Friday, a team that was riding high following a big win over Oregon City.
Lake Oswego didn't give the Lions much time to build their confidence on Friday, burying West Linn in the opening half in an eventual 12-8 victory.
Last season the Lakers let West Linn hang around in a regular season game, needing a big second half to earn the win.
It was a completely different story last week.
Lake Oswego dominated the proceedings, getting off more than twice as many shots as the Lions and controlling possession for the vast majority of the contest.
"We're very happy. West Linn is some of the best competition in the state this year and we have another tough one against them coming up," coach Lauren Anderson said.
Defensively, the Lakers were stellar, keeping an explosive West Linn attack in check until a brief flurry in the final minutes of the game.
Libby Nielsen in particular had a breakout game. Nielsen forced four turnovers and scooped up six ground balls, anchoring the defense and even scoring a goal.
"She was by far the MVP of the game. She played out of her mind. She brings the entire defense up to a whole new level," Anderson said.
Lake Oswego all but put the game away in the first half and eight different players scored in the game.
Paige Timberg and Lexi Cheetham each had a hat trick while Lilly Newman added three assists.
Lake Oswego followed that win up with another important victory on Tuesday. The Lakers held off a fired up Oregon City team 15-10 and took another big step toward this year's league title.
"We still have a few things to work on. We haven't played a full game yet," Anderson said.
Newman was the star of the game, winning five draws for the Lakers and scoring seven goals as the Pioneers struggled to find an answer for her.
She also had two assists and Cheetham added three more.
Julianna Ramey had a standout game for the Lakers in the goal as Oregon City put more pressure on her than West Linn could muster.
Ramey tallied 13 saves in the game in what was one of her better efforts.
Alyssa Dragelin led the team with five ground balls.
Meanwhile, the Lakeridge girls lost on Tuesday to West Linn put picked up a big 14-11 win over Canby last week.
Becka Wachtel scored six goals and Kori Mohr scored five times. Emily Harrell added a hat trick while Maddie Hearn picked up five assists.
Wachtel also captured eight draws in the game.