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The Lakers are solid on defense against the Crusaders after edging into playoffs

The Lake Oswego boys soccer team clearly did not get everything it wanted from the 2019 season.

   After opening the year at 7-3-0, the Lakers struggled over the final 19 days of the season, dropping their final five matches of the year and squeaking into the 32-team Class 6A playoff field as the state's 32nd-ranked team.

That set up a first-round playoff game against top-ranked Metro League champion Jesuit at Jesuit High School on Saturday, Nov. 2. While the Lakers fell short there — they dropped a 2-0 decision to the talented Crusaders — that game gave them one more chance to compete, one more chance to play together and one more chance to make memories in the sport they love.

The Crusaders scored once in each half and kept Lake Oswego scoreless to advance to the second round.

"Jesuit controlled most of the game, but (we) were able to create some chances," said Lake Oswego coach Fraser Morrison. "(We) continued to battle and pushed numbers forward towards the end of the game, but could not find a breakthrough."

With the loss, the Lakers finished their year at 7-8-0 after placing fourth in the Three Rivers League. Jesuit, meanwhile, improved to 13-0-2 and moved on to face No. 17 South Eugene (9-2-4 overall after winning the Southwest Conference) in the second playoff round on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Jesuit got the game's first goal against LO on a counter following a Lake Oswego corner kick and squeezed the ball into the Laker goal off a cross to the near post. The Crusaders' second goal came early in the second half off a Jesuit corner.

On its side of the field, Lake Oswego senior Chris Anissian worked tirelessly throughout the game, keeping possession of the ball and leading by example. Fellow senior Aaron Rudder, meanwhile, began the game on defense and then moved to the front line as the Lakers chased the Crusaders.

The loss marked the final Lake Oswego game for seniors Anissian, Rudder, Johan Shahalami, Ben Altman, Sam Atchison and Joey Takach.

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