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Lions girls' soccer will hunt for perfect September

St. Helens will learn from 8-1 home loss to Glencoe


SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - The Lions can turn it around after their 8-1 loss to Class 6A Glencoe (Hillsboro) on Tuesday in St. Helens.Eye-openers are better early.

The Lions, after Tuesday's 8-1 loss to visiting Class 6A Glencoe, will try to answer.

"I don't want to lose a game in September," St. Helens coach Simon Date said. "Dallas, Astoria, Madison, Hermiston, The Dalles, and yes, [Northwest Oregon Conference rival] Sandy friggin' High School, too. Not one game. That's our new goal."

St. Helens (0-1 overall) pushed into the Crimson Tide's corners but could not capitalize until late.

"It seemed like everybody scored for Glencoe," Date said. "[All-conference junior midfielder and captain] Braya Hutton scored our goal with an assist from Kelsey Elliott from a free kick. It was a beautiful 30-yard strike."

All-state Crimson Tide senior forward Olivia Dendinger and Gladstone (1-0) are back from the second round of state and have at least qualified in each of the last eight years.

Glencoe also beat St. Helens last year and in 2014.

"We lost 8-1 to a really good Glencoe team," Date said. "We can lick our wounds and pick apart how we played and how bad we were and how it broke down, but why? We played Glencoe, not Tillamook. ... I would take 14 of those games instead of 100 Tillamook games. [Our] freshmen got to see soccer played at the high school level about as good as it gets. There are better teams than Glencoe, but not many."

The Lions are scheduled to play at Dallas, back from the first round of state in the pursuit of its first state title, at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

"Preseason is about getting ready for league, and I definitely think that this game helped prepare us on every aspect," Hutton said. "A lot of it was nerves in the beginning, considering it was our first game, but the way we adapted and changed was fantastic, and we never gave up or let down for one second. I'm so excited to play our next game and take what we learned and use it. It's going to be a great year."

Senior forward Stefani Tallon and senior midfielders Jen Webb, Olivia Dalke and Emmalee Jones — all-Mid-Willamette Conference — and the Dragons won 7-0 in Redmond on Saturday, Aug. 27, and were scheduled to play at Class 6A Franklin on Thursday in Portland, the results of which were unavailable at press time.

"I want to see a seriously positive team [at practice] on Friday," Date said. "I want to see a team that has forgotten about the loss and put it into perspective."

Lions roster

Lydia Walters, sr., GK

Morgan Bingaman, jr., GK

Kennady Brown, so., M

Ceiarra VanDolah, sr., F

Gabby Duggan, so., M

Kaela Lee, so., F

Sidney Allen, jr., D

Myranda Northrop, so., M

Nina Hansen, sr., F

Emily Davis, jr., D

Sophia Estep, jr., M

Mackenzie Carlson, fr., F

Sarah Bjork, jr., D

Braya Hutton, jr., M

Annabelle Robitz, fr., D

Emilia Reardon, jr., D

Isabelle Mendoza, so., D