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Soccer teams wind down non-league schedule

MATTHEW SHERMAN - Ari Akbari and the Lakeridge boys soccer team stayed unbeaten on Tuesday, knocking off a previously undefeated South Salem team 2-0 on the road.Rebounding from perhaps its most frustrating game of the season, a 0-0 tie last week against Clackamas, the Lakeridge boys soccer team rebounded in impressive fashion, going on the road to knock off South Salem 2-0.

In doing so, Lakeridge handed the Saxons their first loss of the season and stayed unbeaten as well.

The Pacers were fired up after coming away with a draw against the Cavaliers in a game they dominated.

“We didn’t want that game to define our season so I think we played to our full potential,” Lakeridge coach Jason Bell said.

It was a well-played back and forth contest with both teams looking to establish themselves in the first half.

South Salem was flummoxed by Lakeridge’s defense. Although the Saxons did a nice job holding the ball but when it came to setting up scoring chances, the Pacers’ back line held firm and didn’t give up many looks to South Salem’s dangerous attackers.

“We didn’t give them many looks and we got it into the final third when we needed to,” Bell said.

Midfielder Bryden Auer did a terrific job breaking up the South Salem offense and the Saxons struggled to find a rhythm all game.

Lakeridge got on the board in the first half on a Jonny Rodas-Hill strike, his fifth tally of the season.

Rodas-Hill was a pest to the Saxons and nearly scored on a pair of other occasions early in the game.

With a 1-0 lead at the half, Lakeridge played a little more conservatively after the break. But the Pacers still had opportunities for an insurance goal and continued to give up very little on the other end.

Goalie Cole Evered did a nice job reading South Salem’s runs and made a solid save on one of the home team’s few difficult shots on goal.

Late in the contest, Lakeridge put things away, getting a goal from Paul Seydel, ending South Salem’s hope for a comeback.

The Pacers will play Wilson and Central Catholic before opening league play next week against Tualatin.

“Hopefully we can make it into league unbeaten, which is something we haven’t done since I’ve been here. I think the league is going to be very tight this year,” Bell said.

The Lake Oswego boys snapped a two-game losing streak on Tuesday with a 3-3 draw against Hillsboro.

The Lakers were slow to start the game, falling behind 2-0 at the half as the Spartans dominated the early going.

But it was a different Lake Oswego team after the break. The Lakers responded with three unanswered goals to take the lead. However, Hillsboro countered with a late tally to salvage the draw.

Lake Oswego has just one more non-league contest before hosting Newberg.

Lake Oswego’s girls team picked up its second tie of the year at home on Tuesday, drawing 1-1 with Central Catholic.

The Lakers had the better of the play and held the advantage in shots but couldn’t put in a go-ahead score.

The Laker girls will host Tualatin next week in their league opener.

The Lakeridge girls are also creating up for their league opener next Thursday at Tualatin.

The Pacers will be trying to snap a four-game skid after falling to Glencoe 3-1 on Tuesday.