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Girls soccer team hits bump in the road


Lions fall to Lakeridge but are still tied for second in a wild TRL

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - West Linn freshman defender Annie Cooper tries to knock the ball away from the Pacers' Nicole Helm during last week's game against Lakeridge. The West Linn girls soccer team ran into a Lakeridge squad last week that appears to be picking up steam after a lackluster start to the season.

After struggling to score goals early in the season, the Pacers put together a strong attack and rallied for a 3-1 victory.

It was a back-and-forth start to the game, and both teams were solid at transitioning from defense to offense, generating some chances.

West Linn started to control the possession a bit more late in the first half and it paid off with a goal.

Courtney Landis played a nice through ball to Juliana Guthner. Guthner then hit a low shot to the far post that was perfectly placed and ricocheted into the net.

But Lakeridge would respond fairly quickly. With just four minutes to play in the half, Nicole Helm retrieved a ball after a corner kick.

She chipped a ball back toward the goal and it ended up finding the back of the net.

The goal sparked Lakeridge early in the second half. Just 90 seconds after play began again, the Pacers' Shannon Walton hit a shot that glanced off the fingers of West Linn's goalie and trickled into the net.

Lakeridge played much of the second half with confidence and put even more pressure on the Lions' defense.

West Linn was still dangerous on its counter attack and had multiple opportunities to knot the score.

Mary Richardson fired a hard shot that sailed wide and Guthner added another attempt that was saved.

Midway through the second half, Lakeridge firmly took over the game, getting another goal from Helm on a nice assist by Natalie Bristol.

Lakeridge won the possession battle in the second half and the Lions couldn't notch another goal that could have perhaps sparked the team to rally.

On Tuesday, West Linn would right the ship somewhat, earning a 2-2 tie with first-place Clackamas.

The Cavaliers still remain firmly atop the league standings at the midway point of the season, but West Linn is now in a logjam for second with three other teams. The Lions, Lakeridge, Oregon City and Canby all sit at 2-2-1.