Ashley Giesbers and Regan Duarte named to second team

by: JEREMY DUECK - St. Helens' girls soccer players receiving NWOC all-league honors included: (front, from left) Ashley Giesbers, Stevie Strawn, (back) Dana Sukau, Regan Duarte, Tori Bair, Brie Maye.Six St. Helens Lady Lions soccer players have received all-league recognition in the 5A Northwest Oregon Conference.

St. Helens finished the season with a 7-6-2 record, a marked improvement over last season. The team was 3-4 in league play but made the play-in round of the state tournament. They were eliminated at West Albany, but not before tying the game in the last seconds of the match, forcing a 20 minute overtime session, and finally losing on the eighth penalty kick.

Freshman Ashley Giesbers, a forward, scored 21 goals on the season and was selected for the all-league second team. Senior Regan Duarte, a midfielder, was also named to the second team.

Receiving honorable mention were: Toni Bair, senior defender; Dana Sukau, senior goalie; Brie Maye, senior midfielder; and Stevie Strawn, junior midfielder.

The Lady Lions lose six seniors from this year’s team, but return 11 players including six freshmen.

It was Coach Simon Date’s first year at the helm of the squad.

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