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Six Lions boys' soccer seniors receive Northwest Oregon honorable mention

St. Helens last reached state playoffs in 1998 in search of first championship


SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Clockwise, from top left: Andrew Ziegler (15), Conner Nett (11), Dallas Cameron (10), Greg Maywald (19), Jacob Olson (20) and Jacob Hawkins (00) received all-Northwest Oregon Conference honorable mention.It was a tough season, but six Lions seniors were rewarded with all-Northwest Oregon Conference honorable recognition.

Dallas Cameron and Conner Nett made the list as forwards, Greg Maywald was recognized as a midfielder, Jacob Olson and Andrew Ziegler received praise as defenders and Jacob Hawkins made the list as a goalkeeper.

"I thought some of them would finish second-team, but that's what happens when you finish like we did," St. Helens coach Bob Opperman said.

Hillsboro junior forward Bryan Tapia Silva is the Player of the Year.

The Lions also graduate forward Jack Cook and defenders Carsten Gilje and Carsten Hawkins.

St. Helens (0-13-1 overall, 0-6-1 Northwest Oregon) scored seven goals against 47 allowed and finished eighth in the conference.

The Lions, who last reached the state playoffs in Class 3A/2A/1A in 1998 in search of its first state championship, played to four decisions of a goal or fewer after all-conference picks Eduardo Estrada, Dillon Gonzales, Gus Francisco, Ryan Ward, Victor Emboke and Beau Mason helped St. Helens to its best record since then and graduated in the spring.