Lake Oswego girls soccer eliminated 4-2 in OT by Sherwood
*This story has been corrected
It was crazy.
It was insane. Definitely nerve-wracking. Totally thrilling. Without a doubt, it was a roller coaster of emotions.
And for the Lake Oswego girls soccer team, it also marked a disappointing end to a great game.
The Lakers, after rallying from a two-goal halftime deficit to send the match to overtime, saw Sherwood step up for a 4-2 win in the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs at Sherwood High School on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
"It was a good season," said Lake Oswego senior Kate Diedrich. "This was a good finish to our season. We showed well and we fought hard. It wasn't the result we wanted, but it was representative of our fight."
With the loss, No. 13 Lake Oswego finished its season with an overall record of 7-7-2 after finishing fourth in the Three Rivers League.
Fourth-ranked Sherwood, meanwhile, improved to 15-1-1 and advances to host West Salem in the quarterfinals at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9.
Sherwood struck first, and early, on Tuesday, taking a 1-0 lead when Alysia Alvarado scored just 1 minute and 9 seconds into the contest.
Loma McNeese gave Sherwood a 2-0 lead with 10:53 remaining in the first half when she hit a line-drive shot from 30 yards that hit the bottom of the crossbar and bounced into the LO goal.
The Lakers didn't get a shot on goal in the first half, but that all changed in the second period.
Diedrich hit a hard shot that Sherwood goalkeeper Sidney Sproul dove to block, but Lake Oswego's Lauren DeGroot followed the shot and blasted the rebound into the Sherwood goal to bring her team within 2-1 with 26:20 left to play.
Then, with 14:10 remaining in the second half, Lake Oswego's Haley Glass was fouled in the penalty box and LO senior Kristin Andrew drilled the ensuing penalty kick into the right side of the Sherwood goal for a 2-2 tie.
"It's always nerve-wracking," Diedrich said of the penalty kick. "It (looked) good."
Neither team had a shot on goal in the remaining minutes, sending the contest to overtime.
While momentum seemed to be on Lake Oswego's side going into the extra session, it was Sherwood that took control. LO keeper Sheila Bhowmik blocked an early shot by Alvarado — one of many key plays she made in the contest — but Sherwood wouldn't be denied.
With 3:09 remaining in the first half of overtime, McNeese hit a perfectly timed pass to Joley Sproul, who converted a hard shot from 17 yards away for a 3-2 lead.
The Lady Bowmen struck again with 33 seconds left in the first half of overtime, with Allison Alvarado's 25-yard shot sailing just underneath the crossbar for a 4-2 lead.
The Sherwood defense didn't allow Lake Oswego a shot on goal in the second half of overtime to wrap up the victory.
For the match, Sherwood had 12 shots on goal and three corner kicks. Lake Oswego had four shots on goal and six corner kicks.
"We knew we were going to have a hard game," Diedrich said. "They're ranked really high and they're a good team, but we were ready to fight hard."
Lake Oswego 4, Westview 2: The Lakers played one great half offensively and one great half defensively in their Class 6A state playoff opener.
Together, those two halves added up to one key victory.
Lake Oswego scored three times in the first half and pitched a shutout in the second half to beat Westview 4-2 at Lake Oswego High School Saturday, Nov. 1.
The No. 20 Wildcats ended their season at 8-7-0 overall after finishing fourth in the Metro League.
"I think (the key) was finishing our shots, because sometimes we have trouble with that and today we just hammered them," said Lake Oswego forward Rylee Winn, who scored one goal and assisted on another.
"I think we played well," added defender Karoline Shipton. "In the second half, we really looked to build out wide a lot more and find the outside players so they could cross it in which helped us a lot."
Lake Oswego jumped out to an early 1-0 lead against Westview when forward Rachael Sasadeusz took a through ball up the left seam, then beat Westview 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 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 midfielder Peyton Ivey with 12:18 to play, then adding a score from DeGroot off a Winn cross from 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 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.
"We were just getting a lot more passes in instead of dribbling on our own," Shipton said. "We kept possession a lot better too. Our second half was by far better than our first half just because we could connect and we did what needed to be done."
"I think it was cool because we were playing around the defense instead of sometimes into them," Winn added.
*The original version of this story failed to properly credit Kristin Andrew for the game-tying penalty kick against Sherwood
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