The Westview girls soccer team battled.
The Wildcats, playing at Lake Oswego in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs on Saturday, Nov. 2, fought back from behind twice in the day's first half.
But in the end, Lake Oswego used a three-goal first half and a shutout second half to beat Westview 4-2 at Lake Oswego High School on Saturday, Nov. 1.
With the win, the 13th-ranked Lakers improved to 7-6-2 after placing fourth in the Three Rivers League. The No. 20 Wildcats, meanwhile, ended their season at 8-7-0 overall after finishing fourth in the Metro League.
Next up, Lake Oswego will play at No. 4 Sherwood at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the second playoff round. The Pacific Conference-champion Lady Bowmen enter the game at 14-1-1.
Lake Oswego jumped out to an early 1-0 lead against Westview when junior forward Rachael Sasadeusz took a through ball up the left seam, then beat Westview senior keeper Madeline Jensen with a low shot to the right post just 6 minutes, 34 seconds into the game.
While Lake Oswego dominated possession in the ensuing stretch, the Wildcats got the game's next goal when sophomore Tess Werts made a long run through the Laker defense and scored at the right post to tie the game 1-1 with 25:26 left in the half.
Lake Oswego pushed back ahead for good at the end of the half, first getting a 20-yard goal from senior midfielder Peyton Ivey with 12:18 to play, then adding a score from sophomore Lauren DeGroot off a cross from senior forward Rylee Winn on the left side with 7:41 to go in the half.
Westview wasn't done yet, though, coming back for its second goal when Werts crossed the ball into the Laker penalty box from the right corner and junior teammate Carly Carraher scored at the left post to cut the LO lead to 3-2 with 3:10 left in the half.
The second half was a different game, though, with Lake Oswego tightening up its defense and allowing Westview just four shots — and just one shot on goal — in the final 40 minutes.
On the other end of the field, the Lakers added their final goal when Winn ran down a free ball at the top of the Cats' box, turned and right-footed a shot between two defenders to make it 4-2 with 14:58 to play.
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