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Check out our previews of Clackamas County's 11 high school boys soccer teams.

PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - La Salle senior Luke Bjelland (left) and the Falcons hope to compete for a Northwest Oregon Conference championship this year.You know what the last year and a half have been like, right?

Lockdowns, mask mandates, business closures and distance learning.

After all that, you can understand why the varsity boys soccer teams at Clackamas County's 11 high schools are ready to get their kicks in 2021. That group includes returning league champions from Lake Oswego and Putnam.

Read more about each team's 2021 prospects below.

Three Rivers League

Lake Oswego

Head coach: Fraser Morrison

2020-21 record: 4-0-2 in Three Rivers League play, 4-4-2 overall

2021 outlook: "(This will be) a rebuilding year after graduating a talented senior class last season. If we can establish some consistency and stay clear of injuries, we'll be in with a shout." — Frasier Morrison

League contenders: West Linn, Lakeridge, Tualatin, Tigard

Top players: Senior Alonso Eghdami, junior Luc Scipio del Campo, junior Adam Robertson, senior Brennan Baker, sophomore Evan Huber

Lakeridge

Head coach: Alan Cox

2020-21 record: 4-1-1 in Three Rivers League play, 5-5-1 overall 

2021 outlook: "This is a hardworking, committed group of boys. We're eager to get the season underway and will take each game as it comes." — Alan Cox

League contenders: Tualatin, West Linn, Tigard

Top players: Senior midfielder Ryan Sze, senior defender Reagan McDowell, senior defender Andrew Real, junior forward Zac Levin

Oregon City

Head coach: Edgar Mora Mendoza

2020-21 record: 1-5 in Three Rivers League play, 2-8-0 overall

2021 outlook: "I believe that if we can continue to work as unit and take advantage of the errors made by our competitors, we can have a great season and (earn a) place in playoffs. We will depend on our seniors to show that leadership and pull everyone together and show that Oregon City is a top contender in league." — Edgar Mora Mendoza

League contenders: Lake Oswego, West Linn, Lakeridge, Tualatin 

Top players: Senior Alex Flores, senior Brian Cuevas, junior Colin Blackwell, senior Austin Turner, senior Adrian Ramos

West Linn

Head coach: Steve Ancheta

2020-21 record: 2-2-2 TRL, 4-3-4 overall

2021 outlook: "We are very excited to go out and compete against the teams in are league with a solid core of seniors this fall. I know the team has set some high goals for this season and I believe if we play up to are capabilities we can challenge to win on the day." — Steve Ancheta

League contenders: Lakeridge, Tualatin

Top players: Senior midfielder Owen Caba, senior midfielder/forward Alejandro Valdes, senior defender Ian Hansen, senior midfielder/defender Luke Tinsley, senior midfielder/forward Maxwell Kelley, senior midfielder/forward Thomas Pierce

PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Lake Oswego junior Dylan Merrill and the Lakers won the Three Rivers League last season and plan to compete for the TRL crown again in 2021.

Mt. Hood Conference

Clackamas

Head coach: Thomas Kean

2020-21 record: 5-1-0 in Mt. Hood Conference play, 9-2-0 overall

2021 outlook: "(It's a) completely new team that will have to learn quickly in order to make playoffs, but has the talent to do so." — Thomas Kean

League contenders: Centennial, Central Catholic, Gresham

Top players: Senior defender/midfielder Cole Wright, senior defender Trevor Wilson, senior midfielder Tyson Nguyen, junior defender Zach Nguyen, junior forward Gavin Ripley

Nelson

Head coach: Lisa Harings

2020-21 record: N/A (first-year team)

2021 outlook: "This will be a building year for the … boys soccer program. If the players buy into the program, we will rebuild quickly." — Lisa Harings

League contenders: Clackamas, Centennial, Central Catholic

Top players: "Our team is entering the 6A Mt. Hood Conference without seniors. We have multiple players that are working to step into the captain position." 

Northwest Oregon Conference

La Salle

Head coach: Monty Hawkins

2020-21 record: 5-1-1 in Northwest Oregon Conference play, 7-2-2 overall

2021 outlook: "As the defending 5A state champions (2019), the current squad have set their sights on another title run. They will be led by an experienced and talented 11-member senior class in their quest for back-to-back titles." — Monty Hawkins

League contenders: La Salle, Wilsonville, Hillsboro, Putnam

Top players: Senior forward Mizael Harris, junior forward Quentin Strange, junior forward Finbar O'Brien, senior goalkeeper, senior goalkeeper Parker English, senior goalkeeper Elliot Reynolds, senior defender Aidan O'Brien, sophomore midfielder Kevin Serrano-Maldonado

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Putnam

Head coach: David Strohl

2020-21 record: 6-1-1 in Northwest Oregon Conference play, 6-2-1 overall

2021 outlook: "For 2021, I believe Putnam is the team to beat for league. We have a tough preseason schedule that will help prepare us to defend league this year. … Win or lose, this team is full of great kids and we also look to finish top of the league in overall GPA." — David Strohl

League contenders: La Salle, Wilsonville

Top players: Senior Briggs Priem, junior Luke Mallett, senior Nick Reggiani 

Wilsonville

Head coach: Ian Reschke

2020-21 record: 4-2-1 in Northwest Oregon Conference play, 5-3-3 overall

2021 outlook: "We have a good core of returning players which will provide a solid defensive structure. If we can find our scoring touch, we should be able to compete in every game." — Ian Reschke

League contenders: La Salle, Putnam, Hillsboro

Top players: Senior defender Joey Friedman, senior defender/midfielder Dylan Lee, junior midfielder/forward Greg Keswick, junior goalkeeper Chase Nelson, junior defender Mason Pyne, senior forward Toshi Kondo, senior defender/midfielder Daniel Page, junior midfielder Yaseen Mubishir, sophomore midfielder Yazly Nazarav

Tri-Valley Conference

Gladstone

Head coach: Ryan Hardwick

2020-21 record: 0-7-1 in Tri-Valley Conference play, 1-7-2 overall

2021 outlook: "We're looking to bounce back after our rough spring session. We're going to lean heavily on our three seniors for leadership and plan on battling for a playoff spot coming out of the toughest 4A conference." — Ryan Hardwick

League contenders: Molalla, North Marion, Madras

Top players: Senior defender Owen Hayes, junior midfielder Marcus Gould, junior midfielder Jayden Cummins, sophomore midfielder Mauro Arteaga


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