Lakeridge scores three times in the first 15 minutes to win its league opener

by: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego's Blair Dozois, left, and Lakeridge's Michelle Dupre battle for a ball in the second half of Tuesday's Civil War game. The Pacers struck early and rolled to a 4-1 victory over the Lakers at home.The Lakeridge girls soccer team put its first league game of the year away early on Tuesday, scoring three times in the first 15 minutes of play en route to a 4-1 win over rival Lake Oswego.

Lakeridge put the pressure on the Lake Oswego defense from the opening whistle and the Lakers' slow start cost them.

The Pacers got on the board just five minutes into the game when Nicole Helm fired a deep shot that just glanced off of Lake Oswego goalie Julainna Ramey's fingers and found the net.

Lakeridge's counter-attack was solid all night as the Pacers proved adept at creating scoring chances quickly.

One of Lake Oswego's best scoring chances of the first half came just minutes after the Lakers fell behind.

Blair Dozois hit a hard shot to the corner but it was saved nicely by Lakeridge's Sarah Swanson.

Less than five minutes after getting on the board, Maddie Krause received a ball in a dangerous position again. She hit a shot that was deflected and went right to Lauren King in the middle of the field and King scored easily.

Again, Lake Oswego had an opportunity to answer but Libby Johnson's well-struck shot missed wide.

Krause and King worked exceptionally well in tandem on Lakeridge's front line and the pair struck again with 25 minutes still left in the half. Krause laid a ball behind the Lake Oswego defense that King ran on to and scored another high-percentage shot.

To Lake Oswego's credit, the team regrouped after the tough start. The defense shored up and the Lakers continued to have some opportunities on offense.

Lizzy Darling had a shot saved and Addie Farance missed wide on an attempt. The Pacers' Mallory Walton would make a nice play defensively to break up another Laker run. Swanson also had to come out to make a save on a strong cross by Madeline Reece.

Lakeridge nearly added to its advantage in the closing minutes of the half. Krause, who was a difficult mark all night, hit the crossbar on another deep attempt and forced Ramey to make a terrific save on another shot.

The second half went back and forth as the Pacers were comfortable holding on to their three-goal advantage.

Midway through the half, Krause struck again, getting behind the defense and scoring from the right side.

Lake Oswego continued to create chances on the other end and broke through with 12 minutes left in the game.

Grayson Williams-Krebs got the ball in space and hit a nice shot to the near post to break up the shutout but that was as close as the Lakers would get.

Lake Oswego will travel to West Linn tonight (Thursday) while Lakeridge will visit Clackamas.

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