The Lakers pick up ground on Clackamas with a 3-1 win over OC

The Lake Oswego boys soccer team is technically the only undefeated team in the league but, at the midway point, the Lakers sit in second place behind Clackamas.

While the Lakers have yet to lose a game in league, Tuesday's 3-1 victory over Oregon City was just its second win, bringing their record to 2-0-3.

The three goals that Lake Oswego scored equalled its scoring output from its four previous games and the Lakers hope that it signals a change.

If Lake Oswego can start finding the net with more consistency, the team could be exceedingly difficult to beat down the stretch as the defense has been stellar this year.

To date, the Lakers have given up just three goals in league led by the back line of Nick King, Daniel Kelly, Robby Husbands and Griffin Graves.

Against the Pioneers, the defense helped out the offense as well.

The team's first goal came when Christian Cerri took a free kick and Kelly knocked it in.

Lake Oswego went up 2-0 on a nice feed from Alex Krenek to King.

The Lakers were firmly in control of the game until roughly 10 minutes to play when Oregon City knocked in a well-struck goal to cut the lead in half.

The Pioneers then used that momentum to attack Lake Oswego's goal looking for the equalizer.

But the Lakers put the game away on a counter attack when Jay Johnson hit Kyle Gazzigli down the sideline and he scored to make it 3-1.

The win followed a 1-1 tie on the road at Canby last Thursday.

Lake Oswego had multiple scoring chances but couldn't convert. With six minutes to play, Canby struck gold when Eddie Sanchez, perhaps the league's top player, one-timed a shot into the net.

Lake Oswego was sent scrambling, hoping to still salvage a tie. With a little more than one minute to play, Krenek found himself on a breakaway and scored to clinch a 1-1 draw.

The Lakers are just one point behind Clackamas with five games to play and will take on Lakeridge tonight (Thursday).

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