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A hotly contested 2-1 win over Oregon City provided plenty of action and three penalty kick goals

After a start marked with five straight losses, the Canby High boys soccer team got on the other side of the ledger in a 2-1 win over Oregon City Sept. 22.

Despite having the better part of the play in the first half against the Pioneers, the Cougars gave up a penalty kick in the 18th minute, which Oregon City converted into a 1-0 lead.

"We had a great first half, where our pass success rate and passing string numbers were up compared to previous games," coach Ryan McCormack said. "We quickly came back (after the PK) with Mario Bautista earning a penalty kick in the Oregon City box."

PMG PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - The Canby boys soccer team got into the win column Sept. 22 with a 2-1 win over Oregon City. All three goals came courtesy of penalty kicks.

Senior captain Cristian Sanchez Ramirez's initial penalty kick effort was saved by the Oregon City keeper, but Ramirez collected the rebound and put the ball in the back of the net to tie things up at 1-all.

"An unfortunate scrum happened right before half with several players pushing each other to the ground and both teams were issued one red card, leading both to play with 10 men the rest of the game," McCormack explained.

The Cougars would take the lead about 15 minutes into the second half when sophomore left back Landon Hill got forward and drew another Oregon City penalty. This time, Ramirez coolly stepped up and nailed the game-winner on his first attempt.

"Despite some late pressure from Oregon City, we were able to hold the result for the remainder of the game," McCormack said. "With the win, we improve to 1-5 overall and 1-3 in league play."

Canby got the week started with a 4-0 loss to Lake Oswego on Sept. 20.

"Unfortunately, we came out flat and as a result let in two goals in the first 10 minutes," McCormack said. "We couldn't quite find our legs, but got to half down 2-0."

The Lakers added a third goal around the 12 minute mark of the second half, then found a fourth later in the match.

"David Villegas had a great performance in goal, keeping things together in the back, tallying six saves on the night."

Canby continues league play Sept. 27 with a trip to Tigard, then gets a visit from West Linn on Sept. 29. Both matches begin at 7 p.m.

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