The Pioneers get shutout for the second time this season in the first game of league play.

SANDY POST: MATT RAWLINGS - Sandy defender Katelyn Bien clears the ball away.

Northwest Oregon Conference
5A Girls Soccer

Team Score
St. Helens

SANDY — Despite constant ball control and numerous good looks at a goal, at the end of the day, the Sandy girls soccer squad had nothing to show for it.

Sandy and St. Helens played to a scoreless draw on Thursday night in a game that was ruled by some outstanding defensive play by both sides.

"We had plenty of shots on goal. We had plenty of opportunities," Sandy head coach Nick Kern said. "There was some evil force out there that wasn't allowing us to convert a goal…We need to work on being positive and not letting those near misses effect us."

While the Sandy girls seemed a bit disappointed with the result, St. Helens couldn't have been more thrilled. The Lions have lost to Sandy by a combined score of 12-0 the last two years, so coming away with a tie was a huge bonus for them in their Northwest Oregon Conference opener.

"We knew we didn't have anything to lose…This was such a good performance from the girls," St. Helens head coach Simon Date said. "This really was a team win. I'm crazy happy about it."

Sandy forward Baylee Groom had a couple of chances to put Sandy on the board late in the first half, but she was turned away after great sliding tackles from St. Helens defenders Kelsey Elliot and Amanda Nichols.

Look for the full version in the Oct. 4 print edition.

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