Lake Oswego holds it own against the undefeated Tigers

by: DAN BROOD - Lake Oswego's Lizzy Darling looks to clear a ball in the Lakers' opening-round playoff game against top-ranked Tigard. Lake Oswego's girls soccer team continued to put together its best string of soccer of the season as it took on No. 1 Tigard in the opening round of the playoffs and gave the Tigers a scare.

The upstart Lakers tried to take charge early in Saturday's playoff match, as they seemed to control a majority of the action in the opening minutes.

Lake Oswego had the first prime scoring opportunity of the match played at Tigard, as Laker junior forward Madison Lamont hit a shot on goal from six yards out. But Tigard sophomore goalkeeper Larysa Cleaver blocked the shot and then she dove to grab the loose ball with 18 minutes and 31 seconds left in the first half.

Three minutes later, Tigard senior Emilee Cincotta had a header attempt off a free kick by junior Sarah Schaffer, but Lake Oswego sophomore goalkeeper Emma Heil made the save on that shot.

But, just a matter of seconds later, Tigard wouldn't be denied.

Tigard scored on a shot from 21 yards out, putting the ball into the left side of the Lake Oswego goal to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead with 15:19 remaining in the first half.

The Tigard defense was put on its heels by the Lakers after the break.

Early in the second half, a nice defensive play knocked the ball away from Laker freshman Cami Dozois just as she was about to take a shot at the Tigard goal from the top of the penalty box.

That would be the last good opportunity for the visitors, however as the Lakers failed to get a single shot on goal in the final 28 minutes of the contest.

Meanwile, the Tigard offense picked up its attack, looking for some insurance, ultimately settling on a harrowing 1-0 win.

The Lake Oswego girls will lose just four seniors from a team that improved dramatically over the course of the season.

Matthew Sherman contributed to this story.

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