St. Helens has just one tie to mar their record as they prepare to state NWOC league play

by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Ashley Giesbers gets off a goal-scoring kick during Monday's endowment game with Madison. St. Helens won the match 4-0.The St. Helens Lady Lions posted wins over Lebanon and Madison in the last week to remain unbeaten, one of just three teams without a loss in the 5A ranks.

Monday afternoon, the Lady Lions posted a 4-0 win over previously unbeaten Madison. Ashley Giesbers had two first-half goals to pace St. Helens.

Last week, the Lady Lions overcame a long, traffic-delayed bus ride and a feisty Lebanon team to post a 4-2 win. The two teams battled for the first 25 minutes and then Genesis Hansen slipped the ball to Giesbers for the first goal of the game. Just five minutes later, Chelsee Rennie scored on a penalty kick. It was 2-0 at halftime.

“We talked at halftime about letting teams back in the game and how to stay mentally strong,” Coach Simon Date said. “The lesson of last Thursday (a 3-3 tie after St. Helens led) was still fresh so it was big for us to stay focused.”

Date said Lebanon came out “mental” in the second half and earned a goal off a free kick. The Lady Lions didn’t panic and just a few minutes later came back to score. Giesbers took an assist from Regan Duarte for her second goal of the game.

“That’s when things got ugly,” Date said.

He said Lebanon realized St. Helens wasn’t the same team they beat 5-0 last year, and went into a physical and fouling mode. He said they went after Stevie Strawn.

“If there was one player on our team you didn’t want to cross it was Stevie. Wrong player, wrong time,” Date added. The result was two yellow cards for Lebanon and Strawn didn’t back off.

Lebanon would connect on a penalty kick to close within one goal and then it got really ugly, the coach said. Still, St. Helens didn’t back off and with seven minutes left, Duarte found Giesbers on a long-range assist and Giesbers converted for the hat trick.

“This was a team performance,” Date noted, “and they are actually starting to get used to the taste of victory. That’s never a bad thing.”

St. Helens has a long road trip to Hermiston on Wednesday, Sept. 26, and on Tuesday, Oct. 2 they host Roosevelt.

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