The Lakers lead 3-0 at the half and 5-0 in the second half to win easily
While the Lake Oswego girls soccer team doesn’t always start well, the Lakers got it going early on Tuesday, Oct. 4, and also showed their ability to finish.
The Lakers, hosting St. Mary’s at Lake Oswego High School in both teams’ Three Rivers League opener, poured across three goals in the first half and two more in the second to beat the Blues 5-1.
“It’s been pretty rough starting out for us and playing our game in the first half, but I think we did a really good job coming out and really wanting to get more than the other team,” said Lake Oswego senior midfielder and team captain Megan Ko, who scored twice in the win and also had an assist.
“I thought we played really well,” said LO senior forward Kaitlyn Sasadeusz, who scored once in the victory. “A lot of the time, we’re really frantic of the beginning of our games, but we did a really good job of controlling that at the beginning and got good passes around.”
“We started out pretty strong,” agreed senior midfielder and team captain Natalie Redpath, who assisted on one goal in the win. “Today is our first league game and our goal is to win league again. We’ve done it twice so we’re looking for the three-peat and I’d say we came out pretty strong in the first half.”
With Tuesday’s result, the fifth-ranked Lakers extended their winning streak to two games, their unbeaten streak to four and improved to 1-0 in TRL play and 5-2-1 overall. St. Mary’s, meanwhile, lost for a second straight time and fell to 0-1 in league and 3-3-1 overall. Next up, the Lakers will face Oregon City at Pioneer Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6.
As to the Lakers’ fast start, Sasadeusz made sure her team took control early. Six minutes into the contest, she beat a St. Mary’s defender, cut toward the Blues’ goal from the left side of the field and scored past St. Mary’s senior goalkeeper Sydney Rose at the far post for a 1-0 lead.
That lead held up for the next 15 minutes, but Ko doubled her team’s edge midway through the half. She took a pass from Redpath down the line, took one touch, then hit a shot to the near post that extended her team’s lead to 2-0.
Senior forward Megan Voss made it 3-0 late in the half when she beat her defender, got a one-on-one against Rose and scored at the far post.
The Lakers kept the heat on in the second half, too, pushing their lead to 4-0 when Ko converted a penalty kick to the left side of the St. Mary’s goal after being fouled in the Blues’ penalty box.
LO had some other excellent chances, too — notably a breakaway by junior Anjali Cherian stopped by Rose with 31 minutes left, and a Sasadeusz one-on-one stopped by Rose and a Cherian follow shot that missed high with 28 minutes to go — then pushed its lead to 5-0 soon thereafter.
Sasadeusz did the honors there, running onto a Ko cross from the left corner and knocking it home in the middle of the Blues goal with 27:30 left to play.
To their credit, the Blues kept playing hard, began to create chances and got their lone goal when sophomore Kate Williams collected a free ball in the middle of the Lakers’ penalty box and ricocheted a shot off multiple LO defenders for the final 5-1 margin with 15:45 left on the clock.
Their fast start — and their stellar recent history — has the Lakers thinking big again in 2022.
“We’re trying to win league again and I think this was a really good start to that,” Ko said.
“This would actually be my first league championship because I’ve been (injured),” Sasadeusz said. “I haven’t played since freshman year so I would really like to win. That would be amazing.”
To reach those goals, Redpath said her team just needed to be as efficient as possible.
“I think (the key is) just cleaning it up a little bit in the final third,” she said. “Even though we scored five goals, against the tougher teams and in playoffs — because we want to make a deep run in the playoffs — I think we need to clean up our touches and passes and our shots in the final third because sometimes opportunities won’t come as much as they did in this game.”
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