by: VERN UYETAKE Mallory Walton helped back a strong Lakeridge defense in the team’s 4-1 win over Lake Oswego.

The Lakeridge girls soccer team split the Civil War series this year, making up for an earlier 1-0 loss to Lake Oswego with an impressive 4-1 win last week.

The Pacers got off to a strong start in the game and dictated the tempo from the opening whistle.

"For us the first 20 minutes is really crucial and I think we came out and set the tone," Lakeridge coach Ryan Furrer said.

The Pacers controlled possession early while both teams ended up with chances.

Midway through the half Lakeridge broke through, getting a goal from Katey Jacobsen on a feed by Brittany Dales.

The Pacers then found the net just a few minutes later this time with Dales knocking the shot in.

Lakeridge led 2-0 at the half and continued to put the pressure on for the next 40 minutes.

It was an exciting and back and forth second half but the Pacers were able to put the game away by converting on its chances.

Lauren King had a terrific second half, scoring a pair of goals for the Pacers and putting her team up 4-0.

"We're getting more girls who are playing consistently well which is important for us going forward," Furrer said.

Lake Oswego would get on the board when it drew a free kick midway through the half.

The ball was placed on the left side from about 15 yards out and Ali Binns buried it near post to break up the shut out.

With the victory, Lakeridge moved into third place in the Three Rivers League with Wednesday's game against second-place Canby looming.

"The girls are definitely excited about the opportunity. Finishing second is there for the taking if they play well," Furrer said.

With a win over Canby the Pacers would clinch second place but a loss could force them into having to win a play-in game.

Lake Oswego took on Clackamas on Wednesday and will compete in a play-in game but the Lakers' opponent and location of that game has yet to be determined.

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