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Laker boys top Pacers in Civil War, move to 3-1

Lake Oswego and Lakeridge girls battle to 0-0 draw

Photo Credit: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lakeridge's Matt Jordan heads the ball away from Lake Oswego's Reed Sandblast during the Lakers' 2-0 victory last week.Lake Oswego's boys soccer team rebounded from its first league loss in impressive fashion, winning its Civil War showdown with Lakeridge 2-0 and then holding on for a 3-2 win over Newberg to move to 3-1 and in a tie with Tigard for second place.

The Lakers capitalized on a pair of scrappy second-half goals against Lakeridge last week to walk away with an important victory in what was otherwise and even match-up.

As is often the case when the Lakers and Pacers square off, both teams started the game somewhat tentatively. Both squads took turns moving the ball into the opponents side of the field early on.

Lake Oswego had an early chance on a nice cross by Clay Dirkse that was saved while the Pacers had a chance on a deep throw-in but couldn't get off a clean shot.

The Pacers started to assert themselves a bit in the final 15 minutes of the half, getting a deep shot from Logan Insinga that sailed wide and another attempt from Ryota Ito that narrowly missed.

Meanwhile, Lake Oswego's Ethan Elliott fired a shot that missed high and the teams entered halftime tied 0-0.

Lake Oswego opened the second half on a flurry. Five minutes into the half, Elliott hit another strong shot that was saved over the top of the net for a corner kick.

A dangerous corner was then played into the box and the Pacers couldn't clear it, eventually resulting in a hard striker by Elliott for the game's first goal.

Lakeridge countered quickly with a few opportunities. Ito had a hard shot that was saved and Nathan Barba missed with a shot just over the top.

Perhaps the Pacers' best chance of the night happened midway through the second half when Avery Kott played in a pretty cross that was barely headed wide by Kenneth Martinez.

Just as it looked like the Pacers were primed to take control of the final 15 minutes of the game, the Lakers struck again. On another scramble, Lake Oswego stuck with the play and Dirkse knocked in the loose ball to make it 2-0.

Lakeridge continued to battle. Matt Jordan hit a deep free kick wide and the Pacers sent multiple shots just over the frame in the final five minutes. However, Lakeridge simply couldn't break through against the Laker defense.

Lakeridge then had to take on first-place West Linn on Tuesday as it looked to get back on track. The Pacers struck first on a goal by Ito in the first half but the Lions rallied after the half.

West Linn scored on a rebound early in the half and then, after a late goal was disallowed due to an offsides penalty, the Lions broke through with less than three minutes remaining to steal a win.

Lake Oswego topped Newberg 3-2 and has an important game with Tigard today (Thursday).

Meanwhile, the Lake Oswego and Lakeridge girls battled to a 0-0 draw in their rivalry game. Each team had a handful of chances throughout the contest but the defenses shined for both squads.

Both the Lakers and Pacer find themselves needing to make up ground with three games remaining in the regular season if they hope to finish in the top-four.

Lakeridge fell to West Linn 2-1 Tuesday after the Lions rallied with a pair of second-half goals. Lake Oswego, meanwhile, picked up its first TRL win, topping St. Mary's 4-1.

The Lakers are currently fifth in the TRL at 1-2-2.

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