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LO girls soccer may be the surprise of the league

Lake Oswego returns all but two key players from last year on a dangerous and talented squad


The Lake Oswego girls soccer team is off to a dynamic start, outscoring Gresham and Roseburg by a combined score of 9-1 to stay unbeaten.

The team has been dominant early and is benefiting from the fact that it lost just two players from last year's squad.

Despite the early influx of offense, coach Dominic Yambasu expects his team to be solid all over the field.

“I think we'll be very balanced. We've had many different players score for us this season,” Yambasu said.

The Lakers are altering their system slightly to adapt to this year's personnel and that has been an early focus in practices and games.

Lake Oswego is returning an experienced goalie in Emma Heil and she will back up a very strong defense, led by Emma Hunter, Emma DeVine and Ella Harman.

Through the midfield, Kaylee Nicoll and Carlie Leach have been anchors, helping out the defense and keeping possession for the Lakers.

“They've done a great job and I haven't really had to focus on the midfield much this year,” Yambasu said.

Emily Elott should be a difficult target for the Lakers as an attacking midfielder and is one of multiple scoring threats for the team.

Up front, Lake Oswego returns one of the most dangerous offensive tandems in the league in Cami Dozois and Lauren Gilbert, two terrific athletes with plenty of speed.

Ellie Moreland will also give opposing defenses fits.

“We have a lot of players who can cause problems,” Yambasu said.

Lake Oswego, a team that has been hit hard by injuries over the past few years, will be without Sydney Pluhacek this year. Pluhacek was terrific on set pieces last year but recently underwent surgery for a foot injury.

Still, Lake Oswego is hoping that this is one of its best teams in a handful of years.

“We're very excited to see what happens. The first goal is to win league and then we'll have our eye on state,” Yambasu said.

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