Lions boys' soccer seeks first win before start of conference season
St. Helens follows 3-0 home loss to No. 4 Hermiston
It's tough to lose a 3-0 home decision to fourth-ranked Class 5A state quarterfinalist Hermiston at Doc Ackerson Stadium in St. Helens, but few can avoid such a fate.
All-Columbia River Conference senior forward Freddy Rodriguez, senior defender Ismael Arenas, junior midfielder Mark Mejia, junior goalkeeper Antonio Campos and the Bulldogs (6-1 overall) beat Class 4A No. 2 La Grande, and only Class 6A state first-rounder Century (Hillsboro) has bested them.
The Lions (0-5 overall) had a shot at their first win as they ventured to The Dalles (1-5) on Thursday, the results of which were unavailable at press time.
St. Helens beat the Riverhawks 6-0 last year after falling 9-2 in 2014 and winning 5-0 in 2013.
The Lions are also set to host Class 5A No. 3 play-in qualifier South Albany at 7 p.m. on Tuesday before their Northwest Oregon Conference opener in Sandy at 7 p.m. on Sept. 29.
South Albany, which features all-Mid-Willamette talents in senior midfielder Christian Campbell, junior defender Marco Reyes, junior midfielder Armando Arreola, junior forward Austin Mendoza and sophomore midfielder Oswaldo Ramirez, beat the Lions 4-1 in 2013.
St. Helens beat Sandy 2-0 in last year's season finale and fell 1-0 in 2014 and 2-0 in 2013.
Three of the Lions' first five games have been decided by a single goal.
Northwest Oregon Conference
Overall GF GA Rank
Wilsonville 5-1 12 6 2
Sandy 4-1-1 18 8 17
Hillsboro 3-1-1 9 9 8
Putnam 2-3 6 8 28
Parkrose 2-4 17 25 15
La Salle Prep 1-2-2 6 6 18
Milwaukie 1-5 8 11 23
St. Helens 0-5 4 12 31