LO girls shock No. 1 Tualatin
Lakers get a late goal to hand the Timberwolves their first league defeat
The Lake Oswego girls soccer team may be peaking at just the right time as the regular season comes to a close.
The Lakers rallied for a 2-2 tie against second-place Tigard last week and then pulled off one of the biggest shockers in the state this year, downing Tualatin 1-0 on Tuesday.
After containing the high-powered Timberwolves with a fantastic defensive performance, a late goal handed the No. 1 team in the state just its second loss of the year and its first in TRL play.
Lake Oswego is now 2-2-3 and in fifth place in the league but, more importantly, has vaulted to a ranking of 21 in the state, all but assuring the team a wild card berth into the postseason.
Against Tigard, the teams played to a 0-0 draw in the opening half but the Tigers got on the board early in the second half, scoring on a penalty kick.
That seemed to spark the Tigers who continued to put pressure on the Lake Oswego net, scoring again just four minutes later to take a 2-0 lead.
However, the Lakers countered quickly. With 20 minutes to play in the game, Cami Dozois played a perfect pass behind the defense to Ellie Moreland, who scored from 10 yards out, cutting the lead in half.
Lake Oswego then played some of its best soccer of the evening as it frantically looked to earn at least a draw.
After a few chances, the Lakers struck again with less than eight minutes to play. Tigard failed to clear a dangerous ball in the goal box and Lauren Gilbert capitalized.
Lake Oswego continued to put pressure on and nearly stole a win when Sydney Pluhacek's deep shot sailed just over the crossbar with two minutes to play.
The tie was arguably Lake Oswego's best result of the season so far and it carried that momentum over against Tualatin, the favorites to win the state title this year.
Lake Oswego played a defensive-minded game, swarming Tualatin when it got the ball deep in Laker territory.
The Lakers frustrated the Timberwolves who had a handful of good scoring chances in the game. However, the solid back line and some terrific work from goalie Emma Heil kept them off the board.
In the final minutes, Tualatin continued to pressure the Lakers and Lake Oswego likely would have been thrilled to hang on for a draw.
However, Lake Oswego was able to set up an opportunity of its own, getting the ball up to Gilbert who knocked in a perfectly placed shot from 15 yards out, setting off a big celebration.
Lake Oswego still had to hang on for the final six minutes of regulation and fended off a final charge from Tualatin for a huge victory.
The Lakers can not move up into the top-four as West Linn and Newberg face each other in the final game of the season but Lake Oswego will look to keep its momentum going in its regular season finale tonight (Thursday) at Canby.JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT