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Hermiston tops Lions in hard-played soccer match

Doug Kessinger finishes with hat trick for Lions

The St. Helens Lions lost to Hermiston after a long road trip last week, but they certainly made their presence felt before another long road home.

The two teams traded goals in the first half and were tied 2-2 at halftime. Hermiston scored and St. Helens answered in the second half, but Hermiston would eke out another goal and then put on the capper in the closing minutes for a 5-3 win.

'The guys did a good job staying loose and preparing for the game,' St. Helens coach Neil Ford said. 'We played behind most of the game. Hermiston scored first in a pretty unexpected way-right up the middle, where we are usually solid.'

St. Helens didn't let up and answered with a goal from Doug Kessinger off a cross from Luke Haresnape.

Hermiston went ahead again, but again St. Helens answered with another goal from Kessinger.

In the second half, Hermiston once more took the lead.

'We placed the ball for the kickoff and once the whistle blew we proceeded to work the ball down field-some of the prettiest soccer I've seen. Doug received a pass right in front of their goal and Hermiston was caught standing. Doug got his first hat trick of his high school career.'

Ford said it felt like the team to get the next goal would win the match, and that turned out to be accurate. Hermiston scored to make it 4-3 and then added another goal in the 70th minute for insurance.

'Players of note include Kalbe Kline and Austin Sandford who both played with intensity. It was a fun trip,' Ford said.

The team hosts Roosevelt this Wednesday at 4 p.m. They host Milwaukie to open league play next Tuesday, Oct. 11.