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Lions boys' soccer challenges No. 9 Wilsonville

Wildcats score twice shortly after halftime, win 3-0

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Greg Maywald (19) drives the ball upfield.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Jake Hawkins launches a goal kick.In a flash, the visiting No. 9 Wildcats scored their first two goals.

Freshman midfielder Sam Blohn put a rebound inside the right post in the 45th minute, senior midfielder Calvin Lucas followed in the same spot nearly 30 seconds later and Wilsonville was on its way to a 3-0 win and its sixth shutout on Tuesday at Doc Ackerson Stadium.

Edgar Hernandez-Flores, also a senior midfielder, drilled a 62nd-minute shot for the Wildcats (7-2-2 overall, 2-1-1 Northwest Oregon Conference) from the top of the box.

The Lions (0-11, 0-4) pressured Wilsonville's goal for most of the evening.

"Our offense had their opportunities but couldn't finish," St. Helens coach Bob Opperman said. "We gave this team a battle that I don't think they were expecting. We were really holding our own in the first half. Some awesome defense by Jake Olson and Carsten Gilje. Jake Hawkins had a spectacular night in goal."

Wilsonville's first-half buzzer-beater on a free kick atop the Lions' box was waved off because the clock had allegedly expired.

The Lions are scheduled to play at third-ranked Hillsboro (8-1-2, 4-0), a winner of five in a row that beat Wilsonville 6-0 at home on Oct. 6, at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

The Spartans, featuring all-conference talents in senior defender Kevin Estrella, junior forward Bryan Tapia Silva and junior midfielder Edwin Rivas, have taken both meetings from St. Helens since they reached the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs and joined the Northwest Oregon Conference in 2014.

Northwest Oregon Conference

League Overall GF GA Rank

Hillsboro 4-0 8-1-2 32 15 3

La Salle Prep 3-0-1 5-2-4 17 10 6

Wilsonville 2-1-1 7-2-2 21 14 9

Parkrose 1-1-2 3-6-2 27 35 19

Sandy 1-2-1 6-3-2 22 14 18

Milwaukie 1-2-1 3-7-1 16 21 24

Putnam 1-3 3-7 13 23 21

St. Helens 0-4 0-11 6 35 33