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LO boys clinch playoff berth

The Lakers score four goals for the first time this season to wrap up second place in the TRL


The Lake Oswego boys soccer team found the back of the net in the second half of last week's game against Canby and, with the come-from-behind 4-2 victory, the Lakers locked down the second of the league's three automatic playoff berths.

The Lakers clinched a second-place finish in the league this year after scoring three goals in the second-half to put away a dangerous Canby squad.

Lake Oswego scored first and controlled the majority of the first half but Canby put itself back in the game with a late strike before halftime to knot the game at 1-1.

The Cougars carried that momentum into the second half, playing well in the first 10 minutes and capitalizing on a free kick with another goal to give the Cougars a 2-1 advantage.

However, the Lakers, who have not been a high-scoring team this season, responded admirably and put plenty of pressure on the Cougars for the remainder of the game.

Lake Oswego rattled off three unanswered goals and finishing with its highest scoring output of the season.

“A result like that could give us a little more confidence which is important this time of year,” coach Frasier Morrison said.

With the win, the Lakers moved four points ahead of its closest competitor in league and stayed above the fray in the fight for an automatic berth in the state tournament.

Lake Oswego took on Oregon City on Wednesday but results were not available at press time.

The Lakers hope that they are starting to play their best soccer as the postseason gets underway.

If Lake Oswego can start finding the back of the net consistently, the team could be a difficult one to knock out of the postseason again.

“In the past we've looked good and been knocked out early or we haven't looked as strong and then advanced to the semis so we have to see what happens,” Morrison said.

The Lakers will rest up after wrapping up league play and will open the playoffs on the road next Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Lake Oswego girls dropped a 4-3 decision to Canby last week and the Lakers will host a play-in game on Tuesday to advance to the playoffs.

The Lakers are currently ranked No. 9 in the state and have been competitive against some of the area's top teams. Despite needed to win to advance to the 32-team tournament, Lake Oswego could be primed for a playoff run if it can advance.




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