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Lakeridge boys top LO, drop game to Lions

The Pacers win the Civil War game but fall 3-2 to West Linn after scary injury

MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lakeridge's Colin Pinkerton tries to dribble between Lake Oswego's Kyle Marshall and Ward Kirschbaum in last week's victory over the Lakers.The Lakeridge boys soccer team knocked off rival Lake Oswego last week with an impressive 4-0 result before dropping its first league game of the season 3-2 to West Linn.

Against the Lakers, Lakeridge used a stingy defense to keep the home team at bay. Despite missing defensive standout Padgett Gustavson, the Pacers did well to keep Lake Oswego's quick forwards in check.

The Pacers were aggressive early as Colin Pinkerton had a pair of shots that were saved over the top by Lake Oswego goalie Payton Olson.

Just seven minutes into the game, the Pacers got on the board as Johnny Rodas-Hills found the near post for a pretty shot.

Later, Ryoto Ito showed tremendous hustle to chase a ball down the sideline, resulting in a cross and another near goal.

Lake Oswego's best chance of the half came in the closing minutes when Shaheen Safari's shot was saved.

Lakeridge firmly took control of the contest in the opening minutes of the second half on a goal from Simon Homedes.

That would open up the floodgates as both Matt Jordan and Marlon Kahnann also found the back of the net to round out the scoring.

“That was probably our best effort of the season,” Lakeridge coach Jason Bell said.

The win moved Lakeridge to 3-0 and, following West Linn's draw with Lake Oswego, the Pacers controlled their own destiny in the league.

However, against the Lions, the Pacers got off to a slow start, giving up a pair of first-half goals on the road.

West Linn would go up 3-0 early in the second half, seemingly putting the game out of reach. However, with just under 30 minutes to play in the half, a scary incident turned the game around.

Paul Seydel collided with a West Linn defender in the box and was knocked unconscious, resulting in an extended stoppage of play.

Seydel suffered a significant concussion and is expected to be released from the hospital soon.

After the stoppage, Lakeridge's penalty kick was saved by West Linn's goalie. However, the Pacers dominated the remainder of the contest. Jordan scored on a header following a free kick.

Moments later, Jordan followed up a shot from Simone Homedes to make it 3-2 with more than 10 minutes still remaining in the game.

“It definitely fired up and we ended up with some very positive things to take away from the game,” Bell said.

Lakeridge had a handful of opportunities to knot the score, including a hard shot that was saved by the West Linn keeper once again.

In the end, Lakeridge was saddled with a tough 3-2 loss, dropping the Pacers behind the Lions in the standings.