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Soccer teams gear up for playoff runs

The Laker girls move up to second in the TRL, Pacer boys eye title run

VERN UYETAKE - Cami Dozois had a goal in Lake Oswegos 3-0 win over Tigard last week, helping the Lakers move into second place in the TRLThe Lake Oswego girls soccer team completed a remarkable turnaround last week, knocking off Tigard convincingly, 3-0 to move into sole possession of second place in the Three Rivers League.

The Lakers finished at 6-2 in league, leapfrogging a West Linn team that knocked them off earlier in the season.

Lake Oswego dominated the game, controlling possession from start to finish.

“I thought our midfield did a very nice job keeping the ball and controlling the middle of the field,” coach Dominic Yambasu said.

The Lakers gave up very few shots on goal against a Tigard team looking for a result to better its playoff chances.

Lake Oswego got on the board first with a nice finish from Ellie Moreland. That goal was followed by a tally from Cami Dozois as the Lakers took control early.

Moreland would notch a second goal to put the Tigers away as Lake Oswego finished the year on a high note.

“They were a good team but we had the upper hand. I think we’re really competing well right now,” Yambasu said.

The Lakers earned a home playoff game Saturday, Oct. 29 with the win and are ranked No. 16 in the state. They face West Salem at home at 4 p.m. and, with a win, would likely take on No. 1 Jesuit, a team that beat them 3-0 in the preseason.

“I think it would be a different outcome this time. We’d definitely be in it to win,” Yambasu said.

The Lakeridge girls wrapped up their season with a 2-2 draw against Canby but fell just short of qualifying for a play-in game.

In the boys bracket, Lakeridge flexed its offensive muscles again taking on Canby last week. The Pacers picked up a 6-2 victory, completing an unbeaten run through the regular season.

Lakeridge slipped to the No. 2 ranking in the state heading into the playoffs, only behind McMinnville.

However, the Pacers are confident they can shake off recent playoff disappointments to make a run at the state title this year.

Lakeridge opens the postseason against Roosevelt on Saturday and would then play the winner of Franklin and Forest Grove at home.

Lake Oswego finished the year ranked No. 12 in the state. That followed an easy 4-1 victory over Tigard last week.

The Lakers could be one of the more dangerous teams in the bracket this year, having won three of their final four games.

Lake Oswego hosts Sheldon on Saturday and, with a win, would face the winner of Beaverton and Wilson.