Clackamas trails early in Three Rivers League wins over Lakeridge and Canby

Clackamas High School’s boys soccer team is off to a 2-0 start in the Three Rivers League.

The Cavaliers won a pair of barnburners in last week’s league openers, defeating Lakeridge 2-1 and winning 4-3 at Canby.

Clackamas (4-2-0, 2-0-0) and West Linn (3-1-2, 2-0-0) finished last week atop the TRL boys soccer standings.

Last Thursday’s win over the Pacers was an uphill battle. Lakeridge went up 1-0 with a goal just five minutes into the game.

Ian Tarnovsky put the game-winner in the net for Clackamas with 15 minutes left to play, the assist going to Braydon Simmons.

Clackamas coach Anthony Trejo described Tarnovsky’s game-winner: “Braydon won the ball in the middle third and served it into the box to a wide-open Ian. Ian one-touched and finished a beautiful goal to the opposite netting.”

Simmons put Clackamas’ first goal in the net late in the first half, scoring off an assist from Tarnovsky.

“We started off slow....,” said Trejo. “But once we started clicking, the game came along easier, and we finished very strong.

“Ian and Braydon did a phenomenal job in providing the scoring in a win that did not come easily.”

Trejo singled out sophomore Alex Severson for “a great game in the defensive third.”

The 4-3 win at Canby was another nailbiter. Canby scored twice before Clackamas found the net.

Ian Tarnovsky broke the ice for Clackamas, getting an assist from Stefan Lee.

But Canby answered and stretched its lead to 3-1.

Justin Siddall then rallied Clackamas to victory, scoring three goals, one unassisted and two off assists from Lee and Alex Severson.

The winning goal came with just five minutes remaining. Severson hit a free kick from the mid-line. The ball was played over the defensive back-line; Sidall made a run and beat the keeper to the ball, flicking it over the keeper with his head.

“A phenomenal comeback for the boys.” Trejo said. “It was looking bad there for a bit, but they never gave up on the game. I want to recognize the team’s commitment to each other and never giving up on one another. The team chemistry is starting to come along at the right time.... Congrats to Justin for having the game of his life!”

Trejo added: “This team is heading in the right direction after a rocky start in preseason play. The Three Rivers League is a very competitive league and anything can still happen. Next week will be a true test as we travel to Lake Oswego and Oregon City to continue on in league play.”

Oregon City (3-1-1, 1-1-0) last week defeated Canby 3-2, but lost to West Linn 4-1; Lake Oswego (4-1-1, 0-1-1) lost to West Linn 1-0, after battling to a scoreless tie with Lakeridge.

The Cavaliers play Oregon City on the road this Thursday.

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