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Laker boys soccer survives and advances over Sheldon

Lake Oswego earns second-round date with Wilson with 1-0 victory.

The Lake Oswego boys soccer team atoned for some recent postseason heartaches last week, knocking off Sheldon in a hard-fought 1-0 game to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

While the Lakers were favored in the contest, the Irish posed some problems with a strong defense and some skilled players up front.

The first half saw both teams methodically adjusting to what the opposition was throwing at them. The Lakers held a small advantage in possession but scoring chances for both sides were few and far between.

Still, Lake Oswego felt like it could gain the upper hand in the contest if it did a better job on its scoring chances up front.

“We just needed to be a little more efficient in how we finished in the final third,” coach Fraser Morrison said.

The Lakers were more confident and more aggressive after the break and quickly got the ball up to their forwards on a handful of occasions.

Still, even though Lake Oswego was generating more chances, it wasn’t able to break through.

Finally, with 17 minutes to play in the game, Ryan Seaman got off a solid shot past the Sheldon keeper, giving the Lakers the lead.

Lake Oswego would continue to push forward, keeping the ball away from Sheldon for the next five minutes.

The Irish would eventually shift tactics with their season on the line. Sheldon pushed more players forward and Lake Oswego countered defensively.

“We didn’t want to sit back and just invite pressure. They pushed numbers forward and we just acted accordingly,” Morrison said.

Although the Irish moved forward, they were unable to generate any decent chances in the final minutes and Lake Oswego held on for an important victory.

“I know it had been a little bit since we’d won a playoff game so it felt good. I think if we can convert on our chances, we can compete with anyone,” Morrison said.

The Lakers moved on to face Wilson Wednesday, Nov. 2, after the Review went to press.