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LO boys soccer thumps Wilson 3-0

The Lakers roll in their playoff opener, travel to Grant

Photo Credit: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lake Oswego's Armand Alija looks to bring down a ball in the Lakers' 3-0 victory over Wilson at home last Saturday.The Lake Oswego boys soccer team used a dynamic first half to propel itself past Wilson in its playoff opener 3-0 last Saturday. The Lakers scored all three of their goals before the break and then locked the Trojans down defensively to advance to a showdown with Grant Wednesday night.

It was an entertaining contest with both teams putting plenty of pressure on the opposition but Lake Oswego was able to finish some of its chances early.

The Lakers got on the board with a quick counter attack. Ethan Elliott carried the ball up the field and then played a nice pass to Clay Dirkse who settled himself at the top of the goal box and buried a shot to put his team ahead.

Later in the half, the Lakers kept the pressure on and eventually earned a corner kick. Elliott played a cross in and defender Ward Kirschbaum got a solid head on it, sending it past the goalie to make it 2-0.

Lake Oswego was able to keep a dangerous Wilson offense at bay and hold its momentum with a strong performance from its back line and some terrific saves from goalie Owen Van Lehman.

The Lakers broke it open on another nice effort from Elliott. He took a strong shot from the top of the box that ricocheted off a defender's hand, earning a penalty kick.

Elliott scored the kick easily and Lake Oswego led 3-0 at the break.

Lake Oswego wasn't content to sit back and nurse its lead in the second half. The Lakers continued to work to earn possession and limit Wilson's opportunities.

Luke Van Lehman had a strong all-around game, proving to be a difficult match up for the Trojans as he applied pressure up front.

Wilson had a few chances early in the second half as it tried to get back in the game. A header slammed off the crossbar a few minutes after the break and Owen Van Lehman came up with multiple saves to frustrate the Trojans.

Toward the end of the game, Wilson sent another dangerous shot over the top of the net as the Lakers were able to hold on for an impressive win.

Lake Oswego advanced to face PIL champion Grant on Wednesday night but results were not available at press time. The Generals were ranked No. 6 in the state and coming off a 1-0 win over Tigard.

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