Lake Oswego scores early and often and advances to face Westview on Saturday

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lake Oswego's Zoe Wong sprints down the sideline during the Lakers' 7-0 win over North Salem on Tuesday. The Lake Oswego soccer team made quick work of its play-in opponent, North Salem, on Tuesday, putting on a clinic en route to a 7-0 victory.

That scoring output matched the Lakers' highest of the season when it topped Century 7-1 in its second game of the year.

Lake Oswego didn't take long setting tone for the game. Libby Johnson had three early opportunities that sailed just wide and Ali Binns hit a hard shot from long range which was saved by the North Salem keeper.

North Salem used an offsides trap as its primary form of defense in the game and it caught the Lakers a handful of times in the early going.

However, Lake Oswego's speed and athleticism allowed it to play through balls to its forward to set up high-percentage looks at the goal all night.

Emily Wolff got the Lakers on the board eight minutes into the game when she got a clean shot off following a scrum in the goal box.

Less than five minutes later, Wolff played a perfect cross in front of the net to Sydney Pluhacek, who slammed the shot home.

Lake Oswego poured it on in the first half, rarely letting North Salem even possess the ball on its side of the field. Goalie Juliana Ramey only touched the ball a handful of times in the contest.

With 15:38 left in the half, Johnson scored from the top of the goal box on an assist from Blair Dozois to make it 3-0 and the Lakers put the game away in the closing minutes of the half.

After making a nice individual run and sending a shot inches wide, Dozois got another chance minutes later when she got behind the North Salem defense and beat the goalie to put the Lakers on the board again.

Then, with 2:15 to play in the first half, Grayson Williams-Krebs had an open run toward the goal but was tripped up from behind at the last second as North Salem was whistled for a penalty kick.

Binns stepped up and scored the goal as the Lakers took a 5-0 lead into the half.

Lake Oswego took it easy in the second half and continued to dominate possession to lock down an easy victory.

All three Three Rivers League play-in teams won on Tuesday by a combined score of 19-0.

Lake Oswego moves on to face Westview in the first round of the playoffs at home this Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

Westview finished second in the Metro League this year.

If the Lakers win and Lakeridge does the same against Hillsboro on Saturday, the teams would square off in the second round of the playoffs.

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