The Lions move to 3-0 with a convincingly home win over Putnam

by: MATTHEW SHERMAN - West Linn's Cailey Scott knocks a shot under the hands of the Rex Putnam goalie for the first goal in Tuesday's game. The Lions would score the first three goals in an easy victory.The West Linn girls soccer team is off to an undefeated start, so far living up to the high expectations that the team has placed upon itself.

After downing Wilsonville in their opener, the Lions topped a strong Southridge team 3-1 and then routed Putnam 3-1 at home on Tuesday.

Against the Kingsmen, West Linn scored early and built a commanding 3-0 lead before yielding a goal right before the half. The Lions dominated the contest, controlling possession and putting constant pressure on the Kingsmen defense with strong passing from the midfield to its forwards.

Katie Moller put on a show for West Linn. Ten minutes into the game, Moller got behind the defense and drew the Putnam goalie away from the net before laying a no-look pass behind her to Cailey Scott, who knocked it into the net.

West Linn continued to pressure Putnam and looked to seize control of the game before the half.

With 14 minutes to play, Moller made another nice run, getting the ball behind the defense once again and putting the ball between the keeper's legs on a breakaway to make it 2-0.

Four minutes later, West Linn earned a corner kick. Moller took it and played a perfect cross right to Madi Mills who knocked it in.

The Lions were firmly in command and had all but locked up the game by the half. However, Putnam earned a late free kick with less than two minutes to play and scored it to give the Kingsmen life.

West Linn made a concerted effort to up its defensive pressure all over the field in the second half and continued to control possession and make it difficult for Putnam to put together a run.

The Lions were able to get plenty of players into the game and never let the Kingsmen back into it as they picked up their third straight win.

West Linn opens up league play next Tuesday against Oregon City.

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