by: VERN UYETAKE Blair Dozois fights for a header with a Jesuit defender in Lake Oswego’s 2-0 opening-round loss on Saturday.

The Lake Oswego girls soccer team wrapped up its season on Saturday by giving No. 1 ranked Jesuit a solid test in the first round of the state playoffs.

The Lakers, despite being heavy underdogs on the road, didn't back down from the Crusaders and were in the game until the final minutes in a 2-0 loss.

Lake Oswego showed it wasn't content to sit back and simply play defense against Jesuit and was actually the aggressor in the first 15 minutes of the game.

The Lakers possessed the ball in Crusader territory for much of that time, putting pressure on Jesuit's defense, but couldn't break through for an early goal.

"We wanted aggressive and not sit back and bunker defensively. We had the ball in their half we just couldn't put shots away," coach Dominic Yambasu said.

Jesuit would eventually settle down later in the first half after weathering the Lakers' early push.

The Crusaders pushed a goal across late in the first half but only led 1-0 at the break.

"To only be down 1-0 and to play the way we did against a team like that is tremendous," Yambasu said.

Jesuit would continue to play solid defense in the second half and limited many strong scoring chances from the Lakers.

The Crusaders would score once more but, as the final whistle was blow, Lake Oswego could hardly fault its effort.

"I thought it was about the best we've played this year as a team. I told the girls I was proud of them," Yambasu said.

The Lakers were hit hard by injuries early in the year but rebounded late in the season, coming up with a solid play-in victory over McMinnville and then giving Jesuit a strong fight to open the playoffs.

Lake Oswego graduates just three seniors this year and should be a force in the Three Rivers League next season.

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The Lakeridge boys ran into somewhat of a juggernaut in Jesuit on Saturday. The No. 3 Crusaders lived up to their billing, scoring early and often in a 7-2 victory.

Jesuit established its dominance in the early going, racing out to a 4-1 lead and continued to put pressure on the Pacers' defense in the second half.

Jesuit out-shot Lakeridge 18-3 for the game and never let the upset-minded Pacers catch their breath.

Jesuit then advanced to the quarterfinals with a win over Hillsboro where it will face Lake Oswego.

The Lakeridge boys will graduate 10 seniors from this year's team but got some very strong contributions from its younger players who will be called upon even more next fall.

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