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MATTHEW SHERMAN - Lake Oswego's Shaheen Safari tries to bring the ball down during Monday's league game with West Linn. The teams played to a 0-0 draw.The Lake Oswego boys soccer team earned a hard-fought 0-0 draw with West Linn on Monday, moving the Lakers to 1-0-1 in league.

It was a game of contrasting styles as the Lions played stingy defense and tried to control the ball through the midfield while the Lakers were eager to get the ball up to its forwards as quickly as possible.

The result was a handful of dangerous chances for Lake Oswego in the second half although neither team found the back of the net.

The first half saw both teams playing a bit tentatively which led to no shots on goal for either team through the first 40 minutes.

Lake Oswego started to settle in after the first 10 minutes and was able to let its speedy forwards run onto a handful of passes but the West Linn defense turned away any good opportunities.

But the pace of the game picked up quickly in the second half. The Lions had an early shot saved and, just minutes later, Shaheen Safari got off the Lakers' best attempt of the night which just missed thanks to a diving save by the West Linn goalie.

Joe Seaman had a pair of late crosses that just went unanswered as well. West Linn pushed up in the final 10 minutes as it looked to steal a late victory.

The Laker defense held firm and it nearly capitalized on West Linn's aggressiveness.

With the defense playing up, Lake Oswego played a ball to Seaman who had a breakaway with 20 seconds to play but the West Linn goalie was able to come up and make one final save.

Meanwhile, the Lakeridge boys are off to a strong start, getting a 6-0 win over Canby and a 4-1 victory over Newberg.

Lakeridge's offense continues to be a huge bright spot for the team with Colin Pinkerton adding plenty of fireworks up front.

The Pacers are alone in first, ahead of West Linn and Lake Oswego and they will take on the Lakers tonight (Thursday) at LOHS.