Lions girls' soccer ready to rumble
St. Helens looks to reach Class 5A playoffs for first time since 2007
The Lions' attitude will help them challenge the best.
St. Helens unleashes a new attacking 4-3-3 formation after averaging two goals per game and allowing three in the last three years.
"We're getting more comfortable with the system," Lions coach Simon Date said.
St. Helens is 13-26-4 overall and 4-16-3 in the Northwest Oregon Conference since 2013, but most of this year's team is club veterans.
"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, I can say that I am extremely excited about this year as I think we have some serious potential."
Sophia Estep, a junior midfielder and co-captain with Hutton, and junior goalkeeper Morgan Bingaman, both all-conference talents, are also back.
Kennady Brown is an all-conference sophomore midfielder.
St. Helens is scheduled to open at home against Class 6A Glencoe, which reached the second round of state last year, at 6 p.m. on Aug. 30.
The Lions' perilous conference schedule begins with a home game against state quarterfinal qualifier Sandy at 7 p.m. on Sept. 29.
St. Helens plays at Northwest Oregon champion Wilsonville, also back from the quarterfinals, at 7 p.m. on Oct. 11.
Semifinal contender Hillsboro visits at 7 p.m. on Oct. 18.
The Lions play at La Salle Prep, the Class 5A state runner-up to Summit winners of four titles in a row and five of the last six in the regular season finale at 7 p.m. on Oct. 20 in Milwaukie.
St. Helens last reached the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs in 2007 and has yet to win a championship.
St. Helens Lions
COACH: Simon Date
CONFERENCE: Class 5A, Northwest Oregon Conference
2015 FINISH: 4-9-1 overall, 1-6-1 Northwest Oregon (Seventh in conference, missed state playoffs)
Aug. 30 Glencoe at St. Helens, 6 p.m.
Sept. 6 St. Helens at Dallas, 4 p.m.
Sept. 8 Astoria at St. Helens, 7 p.m.
Sept. 13 Madison at St. Helens, 7 p.m.
Sept. 15 St. Helens at Hermiston, 4 p.m.
Sept. 22 The Dalles at St. Helens, 4 p.m.
Sept. 27 St. Helens at South Albany, 6 p.m.
Sept. 29 Sandy at St. Helens, 7 p.m. *
Oct. 4 St. Helens at Parkrose, 4 p.m., in Portland *
Oct. 6 Milwaukie at St. Helens, 7 p.m. *
Oct. 11 St. Helens at Wilsonville, 7 p.m. *
Oct. 18 Hillsboro at St. Helens, 7 p.m. *
Oct. 20 St. Helens at Putnam, 7 p.m., in Milwaukie *
Oct. 25 St. Helens at La Salle Prep, 7 p.m., in Milwaukie *
* - Northwest Oregon Conference game