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Lions boys' soccer seeks first win before start of conference season

St. Helens follows 3-0 home loss to No. 4 Hermiston

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Sophomore midfielder Regan Tolman (5), senior defender Andrew Ziegler (15) and the Lions have a chance at their first win at The Dalles.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