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Laker girls stun West Linn with late goal

Sydney Pluhacek's free kick with 10 seconds left salvages a 2-2 draw

Photo Credit: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lauren Gilbert gets a celebratory hug after scoring Lake Oswego's first goal against West Linn late in the first half.The Lake Oswego girls soccer team needed a spark to gain some momentum as it looks to make up ground in the standings and it may have gotten just that from the foot of Sydney Pluhacek.

Facing an 0-3 start to league play, the Lakers trailed West Linn 2-1 on the road in the final minute, having given up a pair of unanswered second-half goals.

The Lakers earned one final chance, however, when a foul was whistled just outside the goal box. Pluhacek, who has one of the strongest legs on the team and who narrowly missed a shot from 30 yards out earlier in the game, calmly stepped up and knocked her shot past the Lions' two-man wall and into the upper corner of the net, earning a draw.

It was a fairly even contest but one that the Lakers appeared to have let slip away despite closing each half with a flurry.

Lake Oswego was at its best in the final few minutes of each half, scoring both of its goals with less than two minutes on the clock.

Emily Elott had the Lakers' first chance in the opening minutes, knocking her shot on a breakaway just wide.

Both teams had a few opportunities but the action was tentative early on. Lauren Gilbert was a target for the Lakers up front in the first half and she made a strong run and laid a nice cross that went unanswered.

Lake Oswego started to pick up the pressure with five minutes left in the half and was eventually rewarded. The Lakers found Gilbert on a breakaway and she beat West Linn's goalie to the ball and scored with 1:48 remaining for the game's first tally.

West Linn would answer early in the second half, however with Katie Moller hitting a shot that glanced off the post and in.

The Lakers countered with a nice shot from close range by Ellie Moreland that was saved and then a free kick taken by Pluhacek that slammed off the crossbar.

But, after West Linn knocked in a rebound with 17:50 left in the game, the Lions appeared to be in control of the contest.

The Lions started to win more of the possession and had a pair of nice chances to extend the advantage, hitting the post on one attempt.

But, once again, Lake Oswego rallied as the clock ticked down. Carlie Leach chipped a shot that sailed just over the goal and Cami Dozois got off a strong shot that was saved.

Faced with just one final possession, Lake Oswego made the most of it, drawing a foul and scoring the game-tying goal with just 10 seconds left.

Lake Oswego will take on Lakeridge tonight (Thursday) at home.

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