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Lady Lions top Parkrose, but not Liberty

St. Helens still very much in hunt for soccer play-in berth


by: JOHN BREWINGTON - St. Helens' Stevie Strawn slides in for a kick during last week's soccer match with Liberty.
With three games remaining in the regular season, the St. Helens Lady Lions soccer team still has an excellent chance of snagging a 5A play-in round berth.

The team started last week with a 4-1 loss to Liberty, but came back on Thursday night to post a 4-2 win over Parkrose.

With a lack of lights on the Parkrose field, both the varsity and jayvee teams played at 4 p.m.

Genesis Hansen snuck in for the first goal with an assist from Regan Duarte to give St. Helens the early lead. Parkrose evened the score about 10 minutes later.

“Parkrose equalized with a goal straight down the middle,” Coach Simon Date said. “Our defense didn’t deal with a fairly simple-through ball and we got caught. Tori Bair, returning after an injury, went back to shore things up a bit.”

St. Helens surged in front again when Ashley Giesbers recorded her 21st goal off the season, also scoring off an assist from Duarte.

Date said he wasn’t happy about the team’s performance in the first half, even though they were up 2-1.

“It was below the standard we set for ourselves,” he said. “We’ve seen leads slip away in games we could easily have won before, and the girls needed to hear in very blunt terms what was expected in the second half.”

The team responded. Giesbers got a goal with a header about 10 minutes in, apparently giving the team a “burpee-free” week of training.

Duarte would sink another goal from 25 yards just a bit later, putting St. Helens up 4-1.

St. Helens gave up another goal in the last five minutes of the game.

St. Helens hosted Sandy on Tuesday, and this Thursday heads to Sherwood. They finish the regular season with a visit from Rex Putnam on Oct. 30. The Lady Lions are currently ranked 20th by the OSAA. That will get them a road trip in the play-in round of the playoffs.