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Soccer teams jockey for playoff position

All four teams look to avoid play-in games as the regular season wraps up

DAN BROOD - Lake Oswego's Ellie Moreland battles for a header in Tuesday's game with Tualatin. The Lakers will look for a win in their final TRL game to get back to .500 and an automatic playoff berth.The Lakeridge girls soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to five games on Tuesday with a 2-1 victory over Tigard.

The Pacers now sit at an impressive 3-1-3 in league and a 7-1-5 mark overall, vaulting them to the No. 10 ranking in the state with just one regular season game remaining.

"I'm just so proud of this team's resiliency. We structure our program to hopefully be a team that peaks late in the season," Lakeridge coach Karl Granlund said.

Lakeridge is in third place in the TRL with one game remaining against No. 4 Sherwood.

On Tuesday, the Pacers continued their roll, getting their first goal from Lillie French on an assist by Ashlynn Lawston.

Lakeridge's defense kept the Tigers at bay and the Pacers put the game away when Sophie French headed in a corner kick off the foot of Natalie Bristol.

The victory followed an important 2-0 win over St. Mary's last week. The Blues boast one of the league's top defenses but Lakeridge was able to break through for an important three points.

The Pacers have improved from week to week and are also getting healthy with the return of senior defender Tena Rogers.

"Our eight seniors have played a big role. I knew this team had a chance to be pretty good if it played as a group so I'm not entirely surprised," Granlund said.

Lakeridge is hoping to lock down a top-four finish in the TRL but will likely avoid a play-in game altogether with its high OSAA ranking.

Meanwhile, the Lake Oswego girls fell to No. 2 Tualatin on Tuesday. The Timberwolves played stifling defense and, despite good work by Laker keeper Emma Heil, Tualatin was able to muster enough offense for the win.

The loss followed a 3-0 victory over Tigard last week, the Lakers' third win in league play. Lake Oswego is 3-4 with one game remaining against Canby.

Lake Oswego is also hoping to finish in the top-four this year and, thanks to its difficult strength of schedule, is ranked No. 9 in the state.

For the boys, Lakeridge continues to keep the pressure on West Linn. Following its only TRL loss of the season last week, the Pacers responded with six goals in their next two games.

Last Thursday, the Pacers topped Tualatin 4-2 and, on Tuesday, Lakeridge survived a scare from Tigard with a 2-1 win.

Lakeridge is still in the hunt for the league title with one game remaining. A win over Sherwood coupled with a West Linn loss would vault the No. 8 Pacers over the Lions.

Lake Oswego continues to work its way through a tough season riddled with injuries.

The Lakers gutted out a 3-2 win over Tigard last week before falling to Tualatin 2-0 on Tuesday.

Lake Oswego is 2-3-1 in league but hopes to lock down a finish in the top-four with a win at Canby tonight (Thursday).