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Three late goals boost Lions over Roosevelt

St. Helens scores late to pull out win over visiting Roughriders
by: John Brewington ON THE BALL–St. Helens’ Doug Kessinger had two goals as the Lions beat Roosevelt in non-league action last week.

Roosevelt was supposed to be just a tune-up for the start of league play this week, but it proved to be more of a challenge than the St. Helens Lions' soccer team expected.

The Lions dominated the first half with several near misses on goal, but when the halftime buzzer rang it was still a 0-0 tie.

The Roughriders would score the first goal, taking the lead early in the second half. It looked like that might be the final.

Coach Neil Ford said, 'Doug Kessinger put in a penalty kick with seven minutes remaining to tie (the match) at 1-1. Lathan Badger had a beautiful shot from about 30 yards out that really swung the momentum in our favor. Doug scored one more time-final score 3-1.'

Ford added, 'Luke Haresnape and Kaleb Kline played great games in the midfield. Austin Sandford and Eldon Ralls provided great leadership and were strong in defense.'

The win boosts St. Helens to 4-2-1 overall on the season. They are 15th in the Oregon School Association power rankings. The team now has a single round in the Northwest Oregon Conference.

'We start league (this) week and should have close, but winnable games against Milwaukie (Tuesday) and Parkrose (Thursday). Our team is capable of finishing higher than seventh in league this year, but will need to work on their focus if they want to challenge the top tier teams, such as Sherwood and Wilsonville.'

The Lions travel to Parkrose Thursday, and host Sandy this coming Tuesday. They are at Sherwood, Oct. 20.