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Giesbers to play soccer at Warner Pacific University

Senior forward was four-year All-Northwest Oregon Conference pick


SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Lions senior Ashley Giesbers announced her intent to study at and play soccer for Warner Pacific University on Friday at St. Helens High School.Lions senior forward Ashley Giesbers announced her intent to study at and play soccer for Warner Pacific University (Portland) on Friday at St. Helens High School.

Giesbers, a four-year All-Northwest Oregon Conference selection, was a second-teamer as she scored 21 goals in her senior year and helped the Lions finish 4-9-1 overall and 1-6-1 in the conference.

“Having her on our side was fantastic,” St. Helens coach Simon Date said. “She was one of the top scorers over the four years she was here, and her attitude and her professionalism made her a captain as a junior, which is unheard of.”

Giesbers won the Golden Boot Award, presented to the league’s top scorer, as a freshman.

The Knights went 2-11-3 overall, 1-9-1 in the NAIA’s Cascade Collegiate Conference in 2015.

“[Warner Pacific has] a good defense but they’ve never been the best scoring team,” Giesbers said. “I think I can come in and contribute. They have get-togethers on Thursdays, and I can show the team I can play.”

Giesbers, who also lends her talents to the Lions girls’ basketball team this season, intends to pursue biology and pre-medical studies.

“I enjoy the coaching staff and the team,” Giesbers said. “They’re local, they have a good biology program and it’s a good fit.”

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