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No. 6 Lions girls' soccer pitches second straight shutout

St. Helens beats Class 6A Madison 6-0

PHOTO CREDIT: LESLIE LUTTRELL - Junior goalkeeper Morgan Bingaman and the Class 5A No. 6 Lions are on a three-game tear.The Lions' crusade continues.

St. Helens pitched its second shutout in a row and won its third game in as many tries, 6-0, against visiting Class 6A Madison (Portland) on Tuesday at Doc Ackerson Stadium.

"It's good to get a win under our belt like that," Lions coach Simon Date said. "Any time you knock off a 6A school, that's a good thing. Interesting fact: It's been two years and two days since we last scored at least six times, and that was on Sept. 11, 2014, against The Dalles. The only other time was four years and nine days ago, which was my very first high school game against — ironically — Madison."

St. Helens (3-1 overall) outpaced the Senators (1-2-1).

"We can certainly be proud about our six-goal haul, but the one thing I want to emphasize, however, was how awesome it was to watch [the girls] play quality, fast soccer for all 80 minutes," Date said. "They're so much fun to watch when that happens. ... when we play fast, we are up there with the best of them."

The Lions' last shoutout was in 2014, and they're off to their best start since they went 2-1-1 in 2013.

"It's easy to credit our front line for scoring goals — and wow, what great goals, all six of them — but I am equally proud of the ones the front six created that didn't go in, and the way that the back five played all night," Date said. "We'll win games if we're solid in the back first. It truly was a team performance."

St. Helens was set to drive 424 miles to Hermiston, a state play-in round qualifier last year, for a Thursday evening game, the results of which were unavailable at press time.

"Hermiston is a very tough, physical team that knows how to play soccer," Date said. "Second only to South Albany, I would say, in terms of physicality. Expect a battle, and to be facing a team up for a fight. It's also a team with a decent amount of talent on their roster. ... Like us, they are 3-1, but their one loss was to [No. 7] Putnam, which are a decent team in our league."

The Lions also beat Class 4A Astoria 2-0 at home on Thursday, Sept. 8.

"This team isn't going to lose in September," Date said. "That was the goal. Nothing changed."

Northwest Oregon Conference

Overall Goals for Goals against Rank

La Salle Prep 3-0 5 2 3

Hillsboro 3-1 12 7 5

St. Helens 3-1 12 6 6

Parkrose 2-0 9 1 12

Sandy 2-1-1 15 7 19

Wilsonville 2-2 6 10 9

Milwaukie 1-2-1 12 11 17

Putnam 1-2 5 7 7