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The Pacers rally back within one goal late, pressure Lake Oswego the rest of the way

PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Lakeridge's Sam Hardie (No. 15) goes up for a header against Lake Oswego's Christian Waarvick during the Lakers' 4-3 win at Lake Oswego High School on Thursday, Sept. 26.This is what rivalry looks like.

The Lake Oswego and Lakeridge boys soccer teams went after each other, and went after each other hard in the year's first Battle of the Lake rivalry game at Lake Oswego High School on Thursday, Sept. 26.

In the end, the Lakers rallied from a goal down in the first half to beat the Pacers 4-3 and move into third place in the Three Rivers League.

"During my high school career, we've been pretty strong against them every year," said Lake Oswego senior midfielder Chris Anissian. "I expected us to come out and play how we've been playing this year and smack them. We let in a few unnecessary goals, but 4-3 is what counts."

"We worked hard pretty much every second and we just came out with the result," said Laker freshman midfielder Sean McDowd.

With the win — the team's second straight — the Lakers improved to 3-2 in the Three Rivers League and 5-2 overall. The Pacers, meanwhile, saw their two-game winning streak snapped and fell to 1-3 in TRL play and 2-4 overall.

"I think we worked hard. We worked our butts off," said Lakeridge junior defender/midfielder Gavin Abbott, who scored two goals and assisted on another in the loss. "I think another day, we could have got them for sure."

"At the end of the day, the results weren't pretty, but we worked hard," added Lakeridge sophomore defender Andrew Real who assisted on his team's final score. "We definitely deserved the win, but the results didn't show it."

Lake Oswego 4, Lakeridge 3

Lake Oswego took an early 1-0 lead against the Pacers 10 minutes into the contest when senior forward Aaron Rudder scored an unassisted goal. Lakeridge made sure it didn't last, though, answering with Abbott's first score, a solid shot out of a crowd that tied the game at 1-1.

The Pacers made it two in a row after that, pushing ahead 2-1 on a dynamite free kick from junior midfielder Sam Hardie to the upper corner of the Lakers' goal. Next, it was Lake Oswego's turn to come back and tie, with junior defender Mohnish Judge heading home a corner kick from junior forward Carson Campbell.

The Lakers then pushed ahead 3-2 in the final five minutes of the half, with Rudder adding a header goal of his own off another Campbell corner kick to give his team a lead at the break.

Lake Oswego kept the heat on in the second half, too, eventually extending its lead to 4-2 when Rudder passed to junior midfielder Daryush Ghanea Bassiri and he scored his team's final goal.

The Pacers didn't die, though. Instead, they continued to work, continued to play hard and cut Lake Oswego's lead to 4-3 when Real sent a long pass up the right sideline to Abbott who ran onto the ball at full speed and hit a rocket to the far post with 17 minutes, 8 seconds remaining to play.

"I saw Gavin making a run into space and I just played the ball to him and he did what he did — he scored," Real said.

"Even when we were up 4-2, they were still working hard, attacking us every single second," McDowd said. "They had a few really good chances and they almost scored one last goal that could have tied the game."

While the Pacers had a couple different opportunities to score down the stretch, their last best chance came with five minutes remaining when junior forward Sebastian Stenfert Kroese looped a shot toward the top of the Laker goal that LO senior keeper Johann Shahalami just barely tipped away to preserve the victory.

"If you can win at home … with your fans on your back, that's crucial," Anissian said. "It means we have that confidence when we go to Lakeridge and going into the rest of the season."

For their part, the Pacers also left with confidence despite the loss.

"It was unlucky they got those two header goals off the corners, for sure," Abbott said. "Also, in the second half, if we could have come out stronger and gotten another goal, that could have turned the whole game around."

In upcoming games, Lake Oswego plays at West Linn at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, then hosts Oregon City at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8. Lakeridge plays at Tualatin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, then hosts Tigard at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3.

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