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Canby boys open league campaign with big test against Lakeridge, then Tualatin

PMG PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - The Canby Cougars took on Tualatin Wednesday, Sept. 15.The Canby boys soccer team opened its league campaign with a big test, facing off against top-ranked Lakeridge on Sept. 13.

The Cougars battled and often gave as good as it got for portions of the match but eventually fell to the Pacers by a 6-1 count.

Lakeridge scored nine minutes into the match, but the Cougars had an answer.

"Senior Alan Ojeda scored an amazing goal from 30 yards out to tie the game," coach Ryan McCormack said. "The game held at 1-1 until the 31st minute when Lakeridge scored off a corner kick."

The Pacers would add a third goal before the half, then tack on three more in the second half for the final margin.

Canby falls to Tualatin

Canby's boys soccer team continued its run through a killer early-season schedule Sept. 15 with a 5-2 loss to visiting Tualatin.

Overall, the Cougars (0-2, 0-4) have played a schedule thus far that has included teams with a 14-2-2 record thus far. The Cougars would draw first blood in this one.

"We started the game well and took the lead at 1-0 with a free kick goal from senior Captain Cristian Sanchez," coach Ryan McCormack explained. "He hit a looping shot from the side of the box that found the far post corner."

Canby wasn't done, however. A few minutes later, junior captain Vladimir Bernal Lopez took a throw-in, controlled the ball, turned two defenders and deposited the ball in the back of the net. Early on, the Cougars were rolling 2-0.

PMG PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Canby's Vladmir Bernal Lopez controls the ball at the side.

Tualatin responded just before the half to close the gap to 2-1. They'd add another pair of goals just after halftime, then tacked on two more later in the match for the final 5-2 margin.

"We played short-handed with a handful of meaningful players out, but still played strong and did enough in the first half to take the lead," McCormack said. "We had strong standout performances by senior David Villegas in goal, junior midfielder Samuel Barajas Silva, and center backs Kody Giger and Carlos Perez Garcia. We should be back to full strength next week as we host Lake Oswego on Monday and Oregon City on Wednesday."

Both matches are 7 p.m. starts.

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