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Reynolds High School get a score passed the Lions to secure their first win of the season

PMG PHOTO: ANGEL ROSAS - Reynolds High School girls soccer team take down St. Helens High School for the squads first win of the season.  It was a battle till the last minute of regulation, but the Reynolds High School girls' soccer team held on at home to beat a formidable St. Helens squad 1-0 on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

In the start of the match, the Raiders and Lions seemed evenly matched, with neither squad really taking the upper hand. Time of possession also resembled an even split. The Lion's attack was solid, but the real heroes of the match had to be the Reynolds defense.

Raider's goalie Priscilla Elias made some crucial saves PMG PHOTO: ANGEL ROSAS - Raiders played a physical game as they shutout the Lions 1-0 at home. before a head injury took away from the keeper position. Reynolds would put in freshman midfielder/goalie Aniyah DaeBney-Lomax at goalkeeper for the rest of the game where she was crucial in keeping the defense in check and the Lions from getting the ball in the back of Reynolds' net. "I thought we did a good job of controlling the midfield, which it allowed our defense to keep our shape," Reynolds head coach Alex Heckel said.

After the goalie swap, the Raiders started to gain some momentum and were able to move the ball up the field thanks to some solid passing and physical play. An inconspicuous pass to Reynolds forward MooTha Paw led to a well placed shot passed the Lions goalkeeper to give the home team the lead.

The goal sent a shock wave of excitement into the stands and within the Reynolds girls. The home squad continued to play physical, stuck to their marks and made sure not to give up any ground without a fight. "In the second half I really felt like we did a good job of absorbing their pressure," Heckel said. "Obviously they had some chances because they were putting people forward, but we are to handle that."

After halftime it was obvious the Lions were starting to feel the pinch of desperation set in. The St. Helens squad sent more players forward in hopes that numbers and maybe a fortunate bounce would bring an equalizer. Despite the added pressure and some friction between the two teams, Reynolds was able to persevere and claim their first win of the season.

"I am just super excited that we won because we worked so hard," said Reynolds' midfielder Jacqueline Lopez after the game. "We talked about what we needed to do for today's game, and it all came together. I am really proud of this team."

After match ups against Centennial and North Salem, the Raiders will travel to Evergreen High School on Thursday, Sept. 9 to conclude their non-league schedule. PMG PHOTO: ANGEL ROSAS  - It was all smiles as Reynolds girls soccer take home their first win of the season.

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