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Kingsmen get it done at St. Helens


Putnam coeds continue tough heading into postseason

Rex Putnam’s girls soccer team took care of business on Oct. 30, dispatching with St. Helens 2-0 in their final game of the 2012 Northwest Oregon Conference season.

It was the sixth shutout of the season for Putnam goalie Annabella Geist, as the Kingsmen (4-2-1) finished fourth in the Northwest Oregon Conference, behind three teams ranked in the top eight in the state — Wilsonville (6-0-1), Sherwood (6-1-0) and Liberty (5-2-0).

The St. Helens game was made more of a challenge than it might otherwise have been because the game was played on an extremely muddy field at St. Helens.

“You couldn’t dribble or pass,” said Putnam senior captain Mariah Maier. “You had to kick the ball long over players and hope that your teammates could run faster and get to it before [St. Helens players] could.”

Senior Fernanda Manzano put the first ball in the net near the midpoint of the first half. A free kick by freshman Rachel Baker bounced off the crossbar, and Manzano was there to put it away.

Geist added an insurance tally halfway through the second half, scoring on a penalty kick, after a teammate was knocked down in the box.

Ranked seventh in the state in the final OSAA power rankings, the Kingsmen (8-3-2 overall) were to host 10th-ranked Mountain View (8-6-1) in the Nov. 6 first round of the Class 5A playoffs, with the winner advancing to Saturday’s quarterfinals. The Mountain View Cougars defeated Pendleton 1-0 in last weekend’s play-in round.

With a win on Nov. 6, the Kingsmen would play the winner of a game between Wilson and Sherwood in Saturday’s quarterfinals. Putnam defeated Wilson 2-0 in preseason, and the Kingsmen lost 5-1 in their Northwest Oregon Conference opener with second-ranked Sherwood (11-1-2).

NWOC teams Putnam, Sherwood, Liberty and Wilsonville all advanced to the 16-team Nov. 6 first round of the state playoffs.