Giesbers, St. Helens girls' soccer Alumni win Lions Alumni Game
Alumni receive Maye-Strawn Trophy, which remembers Elizabeth Maye and Amanda Maye-Strawn who passed away in a car accident near Albany in 2014
Ashley Giesbers is an all-time star.
The new graduate and incoming Warner Pacific College (Portland) forward scored first- and third-quarter goals in the St. Helens High girls' soccer Alumni's 2-1 defeat of this year's Lions on Sunday in St. Helens.
Giesbers, a four-time all-Northwest Oregon Conference star who scored 21 goals as a senior, also led the preps to last year's 3-0 Alumni Game.
The Alumni received the Maye-Strawn Trophy, which remembers Elizabeth Maye and Amanda Maye-Strawn who passed away in a car accident near Albany in 2014, after their win on Sunday.
Brie Maye and Stevie Strawn, for whose mothers the trophy is named, grew up in the Lions soccer community.
"The people we played fourth- and fifth-grade soccer with stayed through high school," said Maye, a 2013 graduate all-Northwest Oregon Conference midfielder now at Portland State University. "We've known [FC Columbia County president Stu Katz] and [FC Columbia County secretary and Lions junior varsity coach Amy Forman] for a long time."
Strawn, a 2014 grad, all-Northwest Oregon Conference wing-turned Oregon State University (Corvallis) Beaver, played the second half.
"The St. Helens parents are as I remember," said Strawn of the excitable fans who cheered their favorites.
Maye was impressed with her Alumni, who had limited practice before the game and all year.
Morgan Bingaman, who will be back as an all-conference junior keeper in the fall, scored in the third quarter for this year's preps.
"We have a lot of new freshmen coming in who show tons of potential, along of course with the returners," said Braya Hutton, a returning all-conference junior defender. "From looking at our summer practices so far, I can say that I am extremely excited about this year as I think we have some serious potential."
The Lions will play a bubble soccer game where players wear wacky, inflated circles at 7 p.m. on Aug. 5 at St. Helens High.