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Soccer: Lady Lions ranked 5th in state after 6-1 thrashing of The Dalles

Photo Credit: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - St. Helens freshman Sidney Allen (9) battles Giselle Manzo of The Dalles for possession late in the first half of the Lions' 6-1 win over the Riverhawks on Sept. 11.For the second season in a row, the St. Helens Lady Lions have broken into the upper ranks of the 5A soccer standings, garnering a No. 5 rating after thrashing The Dalles 6-1 on Thursday evening.

It was a major turn around for the Lions (1-1), who dropped a 3-1 contest to Forest Grove in the season opener. The first home game was far more successful. A hat trick from junior forward Ashley Geisbers led St. Helens to their largest victory in recent memory. St. Helens never scored more than three goals last season, accomplishing the feat on three occasions: A 3-0 road win over the Dalles, a 3-0 win at home against Hermiston and a 3-3 draw with Parkrose midway through the league schedule.

Things are about to pick up considerably for the Lions with a visit to 6A power Glencoe on Sept. 16, and games against South Albany and Lebanon before league play begins.

This marks the first time since Sept. 30, 2013 that the Lady Lions have had a positive goal differential.

SUMMARY

St. Helens 6, The Dalles 1

TDHS 1 0 — 1

STHE 2 4 — 6

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