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Pacer girls soccer continues to rack up goals

Lakeridge stays unbeaten with tough TRL foes looming

The Lakeridge girls soccer team has been putting up some gaudy numbers in the preseason but it knows its toughest games are still ahead in the form of Three Rivers League opponents.

Still, despite thoroughly outmatching a handful of opponents this year, coach Karl Granlund is pleased with his team's progress and its chances in the TRL.

“We would have liked for our schedule to have been a little stronger but we've accomplished our goal to this point in terms of learning to play together and effectively,” Granlund said.

Lakeridge's deep roster has been on full display this year as Granlund has moved players around in the field to see what combinations are the most effective. Also, of the 18 field position players on the roster, 17 of them have either scored or notched an assist this year.

That said, Lakeridge is confident in its rotation as it takes on Newberg tonight (Thursday) in its TRL opener but Granlund has let his team know that situations could call for some changes on a game to game basis.

“We sat the girls down recently and told them that just because they're a starter, a certain situation might call for a different player to come in, but I feel we're very deep at most positions and versatile,” Granlund said.

The team has been on a roll in all facets. Lakeridge had given up a goal in just two contests this year and it has also scored eight goals on three different occasions.

Last Tuesday, Lakeridge rallied twice to top Centennial, erasing an early 2-0 deficit before the half and then scoring two unanswered goals in the second half as well, with the game winner coming on an assist from Sophie French to her twin sister Lillie French with eight minutes to play.

The Pacers have received strong contributions up and down the line-up, also getting strong play from freshman Madeline Harbour and Morgan Kaye.

However, Lakeridge will host Newberg tonight without the services of Natalie Bristol, a starter since her freshman year. Bristol, a speedy and talented forward, broke her ankle over the weekend and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

The Pacers open league play with a 5-0-1 record.


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