Lakeridge boys earn first league win
The Lakeridge girls and Lake Oswego boys also get in the win column on Tuesday
The Lakeridge boys soccer team earned its first league win on Tuesday but it didn't come easy. The Pacers got a late goal to knock off a pesky Oregon City side 1-0 on its home turf.
Lakeridge controlled the majority of the game but had trouble creating good scoring opportunities against the Pioneers.
The Pacers played to a scoreless draw in the first half and had to fend off a dangerous counter attack from the Pioneers to keep it that way.
The physical nature of the game picked up in the second half as both teams searched for an important goal. With 15 minutes to play, Lakeridge earned a free kick on the right side about 25 yards away from the net.
The ball was played in and headed by Zach Goldstein away from the Oregon City goalie. The ball came to Matt Jordan who headed it into the open net.
The Pacers continued to put pressure on the Pioneers, getting shots from Ryota Ito and Taylor Douglas that were saved.
With just four minutes to play, the Pioneers came up with their best chance of the evening. One of Oregon City's dangerous strikers got off a clean shot near the top of the box that appeared destined for the top corner.
However, Pacer goalie Trevor Wilson got a read on the shot and made a one-handed deflection in a play that may have already sewn up the save-of-the-year for the team.
The win moves the Pacers to 1-1-1 on the year after last week's loss to Clackamas.
The Lake Oswego boys also earned their first league win on Tuesday, topping the Cavaliers 2-1. After going 4-0 in the preseason, the Lakers failed to score a goal in their first two league contests, a 0-0 tie against the Pacers and a 1-0 loss to West Linn.
The loss to the Lions was frustrating as West Linn controlled the pace of the game and the Lakers struggled to generate a sustained attack.
Still, Lake Oswego's defense responded to the challenge. However, a mistake in the final minute cost Lake Oswego dearly.
The Lions earned a throw-in with 30 seconds to play and the toss into the box wasn't cleared. West Linn was then able to get a scrappy goal to the far post with just 15 seconds left, which proved to be the difference in the contest.
The Lakeridge girls broke their drought on Tuesday, earning a nice 2-0 win over Oregon City. In a very balanced league, any victory is an important one and the confidence boost may be just what the Pacers need to go on a run.
The Pacers got goals from Olivia Onustock and Mallory Walton and a strong performance from the defense and goalie Hope Daskalos to clinch the victory, which came on the heels of a 1-1 tie against Clackamas.
The Lake Oswego girls fell to Clackamas 1-0 on Tuesday, their second straight 1-0 defeat after falling to West Linn by the same score on Thursday. The Laker defense continues to be strong and has kept the team in all three of its league games.JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT