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St. Helens boys' soccer team falls to Hillsboro, Putnam

The St. Helens High School boys’ soccer team could not catch up to Class 5A No. 8 Putnam in a Northwest Oregon contest on Tuesday in St. Helens.

Putnam scored twice in first half and twice in the second for a 4-0 win.

With senior forward Gus Francisco sidelined with a concussion, St. Helens (6-7 overall, 1-5 Northwest Oregon) was slower against the Kingsmen (5-5-3, 4-2-1) than it would have preferred.

“We didn’t play as well as we had been playing,” Lions coach Bob Opperman said. “[Putnam coach Mitch Wing] said they’d just gotten their best player and two other players back, and we didn’t move the ball as well as we could. They went around us and we didn’t have one of our better games. [St. Helens senior keeper Beau Mason] made some good saves and played stellar defense in the goal.”

St. Helens could not upset No. 3 Hillsboro on Oct. 15 in Hillsboro. The Spartans scored two first-half goals for a 2-0 Northwest Oregon Conference win.

“We played them straight-up in the second half,” Opperman said. “[Senior forwards Eduardo Estrada and Ryan Ward] had real good games, and so did [senior forward Dillon Gonzales]. Beau Mason kept us in the game. [Senior forward Jordan Roark] did a great job for us coming off the bench. We were at the bar a lot. Our shots should have gone in but were miscued a little.”

The Lions were scheduled to play at No. 2 Wilsonville at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

“We’ve got four of the top 10 in our division,” Opperman said. “It’s great to play these teams, and it helps me address the guys in practice for how we want to play and what we want to work on.”