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Soccer teams ready for tough league battles

Laker and Pacer girls teams are both undefeated in six non-league games

VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego's Emily Elott slides to knock the ball away from Sunset during the Lakers' 0-0 draw at home on Monday. 
The preseason is over for the Lake Oswego and Lakeridge girls soccer teams and both the Lakers and Pacer find themselves in good shape as league opens up next week.

The teams are both undefeated with identical 4-0-2 records and the Laker girls find themselves ranked No. 7 in the state.

The Lakers wrapped up their non-league games on Monday with a hard-fought 0-0 draw with Sunset.

The Apollos are currently ranked No. 5 in the state and both teams gave the other their best shot at Lake Oswego High School.

The Lakers' defense pitched its second shutout of the year and has given up just one goal in its last two contests.

While the team's offense features an incredibly talented front line with multiple targets, the defense may be the key if the Lakers hope to grab the league title this year.

Meanwhile, the Pacer girls followed up a 2-2 tie with Centennial with a 2-0 victory over Sprague on the road on Monday.

It was a back and forth game against the Eagles last week with the Pacers getting their first goal midway through the first half off the foot of Shannon Walton. Then, two minutes before halftime, Sophie French notched a goal.

Against Sprague, Lakeridge seized momentum early in the game with a strike from Natalie Bristol eight minutes into the contest.

The Pacers were in control for the majority of the contest and put things away with an insurance goal from Lillie French in the second half.

For the Lakeridge boys, the Pacers picked up their second win in a row 2-1 over Beaverton on Monday. The win follows a 7-0 takedown of North Salem last week and marks the first time the Pacers have won back-to-back games this season.

Lakeridge got off on the right foot just three minutes into the game when Padgett Gustavson received a throw-in from Matt Jordan and scored.

Then, with less than 10 minutes to play in the half, Johnny Rodas-Hills got on the board to make it 2-0.

Beaverton looked like a different team in the second half, rallying to put pressure on the Lakeridge goal. However, the Pacers held firm defensively and held on for the one-goal victory.

Both Lakeridge and Lake Oswego wrap up non-league play tonight (Thursday) before starting the TRL slate next week.