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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


SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Ashley Giesbers, a 2016 St. Helens High School graduate and an incoming Warner Pacific College (Portland) forward, scored first- and third-quarter goals to give her side its first Maye-Strawn Trophy in the second St. Helens Girls' Soccer Alumni Game on Sunday at St. Helens High.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.

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Stevie Strawn, of the St. Helens High School Class of 2014, left, and Brie Maye (2013), cherish the Maye-Strawn Trophy, which remembers their mothers, Elizabeth Maye and Amanda Maye-Strawn, who passed away in a car accident in 2014 near Albany, after the St. Helens Alumni's 2-1 win on Sunday at St. Helens High.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.