LOHS Soccer wins Three Rivers League

Riley Daniels, Staffer

On March 31, Lake Oswego mens varsity soccer ended their championship drought with a 3-2 win over Tigard, claiming their first Three Rivers League championship since 2009. Just playing teams in their league, LO went 4-0-2, the lone undefeated team in their league. They were a part of only seven teams to go undefeated in league play out of 52 combined 6A high schools in Oregon. 

Starting the season off on a rough note, their highly anticipated first game against Central Catholic was cancelled due to some of LO’s players having previous exposure to Covid-19. In what turned out to be their actual first game, LO almost came back from a 2-0 deficit against Sherwood, but failed to convert a tying goal as time wasn’t on their side. LO clearly had some problems to take care of, such as team chemistry and team formation. LO then proved themselves as a 6A powerhouse of Oregon. However, Sherwood is a part of Pacific conference, so this wouldn’t affect LO’s league record.

In their next game, LO looked as if they would fall to 0-2 on their season record with a loss to Lakeridge, but LO scored twice in the second half to end with a surprising 2-1 win. LO had a visible confidence boost in their next game, demolishing Oregon City in a 5-0 shutout. Coming off their best game so far in their season, LO held West Linn to zero goals, who have been consistently one of the top teams in Oregon. Although LO failed to score leaving the game scoreless by both teams, this is a major improvement from prior years and shows a bright future in the program. 

In another great defensively played game, LO held Tualatin scoreless through 80 minutes of play, but the game ended up tied at nil-nil. Following four games without a defeat, LO was finally taken down by Forest Grove in a tough 2-1 loss. After their second defeat of the season, it was clear that LO was out for vengeance. With about five minutes left in the second half, LO buried a shot for their eighth goal of the game, ending the game with a dominant win over Canby. Over this offseason, a new rule took place forcing a team to concede the game if down by eight goals at any time in a game. Then came their biggest game of the season.

With a win over Tigard, LO would cement themselves as the champions of their league. However, if LO tied or lossed the game, they would move down to third in the league standings. After a hard fought game, Lake Oswego came out on top against Tigard in a well played 3-2 win. Although the season was half the length of a normal season and didn’t have playoffs, LO still managed to have a successful season claiming the championship in the Three Rivers League for the first time in over a decade.