A bad injury leaves Lake Oswego trailing and short-handed in the second half

The Lake Oswego boys soccer team's season came to an end with a tough 3-0 loss to Forest Grove at home on Saturday.

After a fairly even first half that saw the Lakers trailing 1-0, the game seemed to turn in the opening minutes of the second half. Lake Oswego forward Kyle Gazzigli went up for a header and collided with an opponent, coming down with a broken jaw.

Gazzigli would be taken to the hospital and missed the remainder of the contest. Just a few minutes later, Forest Grove struck again, mounting a quick counter-attack following a Lake Oswego corner kick and led 2-0.

“At the end of the day, only one team is really going to be happy. It wasn't the way we thought the game was going to go but Forest Grove came in and did what it needed to do,” Lake Oswego coach Fraser Morrison said.

Lake Oswego had a handful of chances in the first 40 minutes of play. It was a back-and-forth contest with both teams seeing plenty of possession in the opposition's territory.

Midway through the first half, Forest Grove drew first blood with a brilliantly struck shot into the top corner of the net.

“It was one of those shots that you couldn't do much about,” Morrison said.

The score followed one of Lake Oswego's best opportunities of the game, a one-on-the-goalie chance that was sent just wide.

Still, the Lakers continued to stick to the game plan, working the ball up quickly to its forwards to create chances.

Trailing 2-0 in the second half and missing its leading scorer, Lake Oswego started to press more. The Lakers generated a handful of chances but the Vikings were content to focus on defense and put heavy pressure on the ball.

With Lake Oswego moving additional players forward, Forest Grove put the game away in the final 10 minutes with another perfectly struck shot to make it 3-0.

“At that point we kind of knew it just wasn't our day,” Morrison said.

The Lakers will graduate a dozen seniors this year from a talented and experienced squad but the team possesses a strong corps of talented underclassmen and should benefit from a good incoming freshman class next fall.

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