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Fifth-ranked South Albany boys' soccer overpowers Lions

St. Helens had shot at first win on Thursday in Sandy

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Lions senior defender Carsten Hawkins (21) drives across midfield.It was a tough evening against visiting No. 5 South Albany on Tuesday.

The Lions pushed back but fell 7-0 at Doc Ackerson Stadium.

The Rebels (5-2 overall), back from the Class 5A state play-in round and winners of four in a row, led 2-0 at the half with the help of all-Mid-Willamette Conference junior midfielder Armando Arreola's 23rd-minute goal.

"In the last 10 minutes [of the first half] we started to gain a rhythm and had two consecutive shots and kept it in their side," St. Helens senior forward Conner Nett said. "That was probably our peak performance, then after a quick goal [to start the second half] we dropped our heads and stopped communicating, then it went downhill."

St. Helens (0-7) could not pull off a goal against South Albany's defense also lined with all-conference talents in senior midfielder Christian Campbell, junior defender Marco Reyes, junior forward Austin Mendoza and sophomore midfielder Oswaldo Ramirez.

"They were a good team, but if we had kept a level head the whole time we could have come back or kept it at two," Nett said.

The Lions also dropped a 3-1 decision on the road against The Dalles and all-Columbia River Conference picks senior midfielder Brandon Bustamonte and junior midfielder Pedro Ayala on Thursday, Sept. 22.

St. Helens was scheduled to play at Sandy (5-1-1), a winner of four in a row that has allowed a Class 5A seventh-fewest nine goals, in its Northwest Oregon Conference opener on Thursday, the results of which were unavailable at press time.

The Lions beat the Pioneers 2-0 in last year's season finale, their first defeat of Sandy in the last five attempts.

Northwest Oregon Conference

League Overall GF GA Rank

Wilsonville 5-1-1 13 7 2

Sandy 5-1-1 19 8 17

Hillsboro 4-1-2 15 11 6

La Salle Prep 2-2-3 9 8 10

Putnam 2-4 6 11 27

Milwaukie 2-5 10 12 22

Parkrose 2-5 18 29 18

St. Helens 0-7 5 22 33