St. Helens falls to South Albany and Hermiston

With much of their varsity injured, the St. Helens Lions had their struggles last week against South Albany and Hermiston.

St. Helens would lose to South Albany, just 1-0, not bad considering their limitations.

“We played well with only four starters and seven jayvee players,” St. Helens Coach Ryoma Ajisawa said. “Our other varsity players were mostly injured. We’re not supposed to talk about the refs, but the refs were top notch.”

St. Helens was shorthanded when they hosted Hermiston on Wednesday.

“We still had an injury problem and no subs,” Ajisawa said of the match. “We played tough, but lost 4-1.”

Kaleb Kline had the lone St. Helens goal on a free kick from 25 yards out. At the point, the Lions trailed, 2-1.

“Then we had a pretty mental breakdown,” Ajisawa added. “They scored two quick ones. Brage E. (Engebretsen), an exchange student from Norway, had a very solid game (at goalkeeper). He probably had close to 20 saves. Seniors Cody Beisley and Jeff Steinke both had very good games.”

St. Helens kicks off their Northwest Oregon Conference season this Thursday, hosting Milwaukie at 7 p.m.

St. Helens was 1-4 in the preseason with three of those games determined by just one goal. Milwaukie is 1-1-2 on the season, currently ranked 24th. The Lions are at Wilsonville on Oct. 11.

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