Defense holds in first half, gives up back-to-back goals in 2nd half
by: John Brewington SOCCER MOVE—St. Helens’ Chelsee Rennie clears the ball during a match with Southridge last week.

The St. Helens Lady Lions played a strong defense against a 6A Southridge jayvee team last Tuesday, but gave up two goals in the second half in a 2-0 loss.

'We had a mental breakdown in the 65th minute and we got scored on twice, back to back,' coach Ryoma Ajisawa said. 'Players who stood out were defenders Katie Swanson, Tori Bair and our GK Dana Sukau. Without those three players we could've got beaten worse than 0-2.'

Ajisawa said the team needs to work on attacking correctly in the middle and final third.

'Our offense is struggling to launch or setting ourselves up to shoot. We are a young team. As long as the girls are learning from a tough loss and trying to better in the next games, as a head coach I can't ask any other things. They have been working hard in training, so I hope to see (us) get better results in our next games.'

St. Helens hosted Jefferson on Tuesday, and travels to The Dalles-Wahtonka on Thursday. Dallas is in St. Helens on Sept. 20.

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