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Lake Oswego girls soccer falls to pair of strong opponents

VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswegos Rowan Anderson settles a ball and shields it from a West Linn defender during last weeks 3-1 loss.The Lake Oswego girls soccer team has had a roller coaster of a season so far and is hoping to finish on another upswing which could make the Lakers a very difficult playoff opponent.

After starting Three Rivers League play with three consecutive wins, its first wins of the season, the Lakers have now lost two straight against strong, defensive-minded teams.

Lake Oswego fell 3-1 to West Linn last week in a game that was closer than its final score indicated and then lost 1-0 to first-place Sherwood, giving up a goal in the final 10 minutes.

Against the Lions, Lake Oswego took a few minutes to settle in and had to fend off some early opportunities.

But once the Lakers found their rhythm, they were able to get the ball up quickly to their offense. West Linn’s defense did well to limit good looks from the Lakers and neutralized some of their speed up front.

The Lions would score and take a 1-0 lead into the half but the Lakers played evenly with West Linn after the break.

West Linn renewed its efforts on defense but Lake Oswego did a better job with its spacing, getting the ball outside to its wings and sending in dangerous crosses.

Trailing 2-1 with under 10 minutes to play, Lake Oswego appeared to have tied the game, sending in a shot off of a set piece and sparking a celebration but the goal was quickly waived off due to a penalty.

Not long afterwards, West Linn was able to notch its third goal of the night, putting the game away.

On Tuesday, the Lakers battled a very strong Sherwood team and turned in one of their better defensive efforts of the season.

The Bowmen were frustrated by Lake Oswego all evening, particularly by goalie Ally Hock who had a handful of nice saves.

The Lakers appeared headed for a 0-0 draw against the undefeated Bowmen. However, with just under 10 minutes to play, Sherwood was able to sneak in a shot and that would be all the team would need to grab a victory.

Lake Oswego is still 3-2 and in third place in the TRL. The team will take on Canby, St. Mary’s and Tigard in its final three games, all teams below it in the standings.