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Canby scores with 1:14 left to salvage a 2-2 tie

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - West Linn's Sophie Gabler looks to block a pass in the second half of Tuesday's 2-2 draw against Canby on the Lions' Senior Night.West Linn's girls soccer team saw a golden opportunity to secure its standing in the league slip away Oct. 10, giving up a pair of second-half goals to Canby in a 2-2 draw.

The Lions will now need to win their last two games and get losses from Clackamas just to earn a tie for the league championship.

West Linn jumped out to a 2-0 lead just 12 minutes into the contest and then seemed to go on cruise control at times, culminating in a goal from the Cougars with just 1:14 left in regulation.

The Lions were the aggressors early, dominating the first 20 minutes of play and keeping the ball on Canby's side of the field.

West Linn had plenty of early scoring chances and notched a quick goal off the foot of Katie Moller to take the lead.

The Lions continued to put the pressure on and it paid off again just a few minutes later. This time Moller tallied the assist, playing a ball to Courtney Landis who came through with the finish.

Juliana Guthner made a nice play midway through the half but chipped her shot just over the top and Moller made a nice move against a defender and fired a shot just wide.

However, later in the first half, Canby started to find its rhythm and played the Lions evenly. The Cougars' best chance came on a free kick with just seconds remaining in the half that was saved by the Lions' goalie Dani Moscow.

Canby's play in the final 20 minutes of the first half seemed to give the team confidence that it could get back in the game.

Moscow made another nice save early in the second half and the Lions had a chance to make it 3-1 but a solid cross by Landis went unanswered.

West Linn wasn't as crisp on offense as it had been in the first half and the team struggled to put together combinations up front.

Canby would get on the board with 27 minutes to play in the game when Skylee Doman ran on to a ball behind the defense and scored easily.

Doman would be a thorn in the Lions' side for much of the game. She nearly knotted the game a few minutes later but Moscow saved a hard shot to the near post.

Canby put lots of pressure on the Lions as the game went on, but West Linn's defense held firm. The Lions came close to putting the game away on a few occasions.

Moller had another shot that was saved by the Canby goalie and Guthner made a pretty pass to Cailey Scott with the keeper away from the goal but her shot was barely deflected.

In the final minutes of the game, Doman got loose again for Canby, winning a ball on the right side and playing it in to Chloe Bell.

Bell then controlled the ball and scored to the far post to salvage a draw.

The Lions still sit in second place in the league behind Clackamas and have the highest OSAA ranking in the league. They will close out the season with games against Lakeridge and Clackamas.

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