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Lions girls' soccer starts September with a win

Estep scores three times, Hansen scores one in 4-2 win at Dallas

PHOTO CREDIT: SIMON DATE - Senior goalkeeper Lydia Walters (0), freshman forward Mackenzie Carlson (15), senior forward Nina Hansen (11) and St. Helens girls' soccer cleared their heads with a 4-2 win on Tuesday in Dallas.The Lions were all smiles in Tuesday's drive home from Dallas.

Sophia Estep scored three times and Nina Hansen scored a fourth to erase a 2-1 halftime deficit and beat the Dragons 4-2.

As luck would have it, St. Helens (1-1 overall) jumped up to No. 5 in the Class 5A ranks.

"We are, it would appear, a team that likes to start slow, and that's just not our game," Lions coach Simon Date said. "Apparently the message rang true because the introduction of Braya Hutton as our holding midfielder changed the game. We kept Sophia Estep, who was our one consistent weapon, up front during the first half, and that paid off almost immediately. Her speed and skill were too much for their entire back line, and she broke through on a number of occasions, netting twice. Nina Hansen added the icing on the cake with about four minutes to go."

Dallas (1-2), starring all-Mid-Willamette Conference senior talents in forwards Jen Webb and Olivia Dalke, midfielder Stefani Tallon and defender Emmalee Jones in its return from the first round of state, could not keep St. Helens down.

"We picked it up individually and as a team and got three more goals back," said Estep, a junior midfielder. "It was a very rewarding win, and I believe that our second half showed Dallas what we are really capable of: That we can, as a team, not lose at all in September and that we are a force to be reckoned with, not the same old 'Nice try, St. Helens' team."

Kennady Brown and Emily Davis joined the midfield, and the Lions picked up the pace.

"We were working together well and were playing quick soccer, passing around the other team," said Hutton, also a junior midfielder. "I was proud because every line, whether it was the back line, midfield or front line, all had good games and it all just came together well."

The Lions were scheduled to host Class 4A Astoria at 7 p.m. on Thursday, the results of which were unavailable at press time.

"It was pretty great winning and getting to celebrate and be happy rather than losing and thinking over and over in your head about all the mistakes you made and what you did wrong," junior goalkeeper Morgan Bingaman said. "We were getting really anxious on the bench in the second half because we just wanted to get at least one more goal, then we would have been tied. We ended up getting three more, and that was really awesome to see."

Northwest Oregon Conference

Overall Goals scored Goals allowed OSAA Rank

Hillsboro 2-0 7 4 2

La Salle Prep 2-0 3 1 1

St. Helens 1-1 5 10 5

Sandy 1-1 4 4 13

Milwaukie 1-1 9 7 16

Putnam 0-1 0 3 11

Wilsonville 0-2 0 7 26