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Laker girls can't find elusive goal at Sunset

Lake Oswego controls possession but an early goal gives the Apollos a 1-0 victory

Photo Credit: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lake Oswego's Sarah Passadore chases down a loose ball in the Lakers' playoff game at Sunset last week.The Lake Oswego girls soccer team walked off the field at Sunset High School last week knowing that their season was over and it was a difficult pill to swallow as the Lakers felt they outplayed the favored Apollos.

Sunset scored an early goal and spent the better part of the remaining 74 minutes just trying to hold on. Lake Oswego did well and maintaining possession and generated plenty of chances but simply couldn't break through in a 1-0 defeat.

"I thought we had more chances than they did but there were so many intangibles that you can't control," coach Dominic Yambasu said.

After grabbing the early lead just six minutes into the contest, Sunset was conservative and tried to focus on ball control for the remainder of the opening half.

Meanwhile, the Lakers didn't panic and stayed with their game plan. Lake Oswego was aggressive and routinely got the ball up to its dangerous front line.

Early in the second half, Laker goalie Emma Heil kept her team in the game with a nice save on a shot from close to the net.

But Lake Oswego would control the majority of the half. Libby Dozois narrowly missed on a shot from a difficult angle and Lauren gilbert had a hard shot on goal that was saved.

Perhaps the best chance of the game for the Lakers came when Gilbert made a pretty run, pushing a shot past the Sunset keeper before it was eventually cleared at the last minute by an Apollo defender.

The Lakers continued to pepper the Sunset net as the Apollos focused more and more on defense.

Ellie Moreland, shortly after entering the game, found herself with the ball behind the Sunset back line but her shot was saved.

Sydney Pluhacek followed with a deep free kick that sailed over the crossbar.

Ultimately, Lake Oswego simply couldn't find the net on a frustrating afternoon. The Lakers, despite suffering a handful of key injuries before the season began, improved mightily as the season progressed, highlighted by a victory over No. 1 Tualatin.

"I was very pleased with the way we developed this year. we played hard and never let up," Yambasu said.

Lake Oswego will graduate six seniors but figures to return one of the strongest young cores in the league next fall.

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