Fifth-ranked South Albany boys' soccer overpowers Lions
St. Helens had shot at first win on Thursday in Sandy
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