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Young St. Helens Lions boys soccer team opens 2019 preseason with loss at Dallas

PMG FILE PHOTO - Tessa Davidson, a junior, helped Scappoose get off to a winning start this season in girls soccer with two goals in a 7-0 victory against Central.The Scappoose girls soccer team kicked off its season in style on Tuesday.

The Indians won a home match 7-0 over Central of Monmouth.

Junior forward Tessa Davidson and sophomore forward Tatum Boogman each scored two goals. Senior midfielder Taryn Verzino, senior midfielder Emma Jones and senior forward Tess Conway added one goal apiece.

Jones, Conway, junior midfielder Cailyn Tindall and junior midfielder Anika Havlik had one assist each.

Scappoose led 4-0 at the half against the Panthers, a fellow 5A team.

"It took us a while to get the goals going, but once we did our play improved," Scappoose coach Summer Jark said. "I was happy with how we got our wings involved and had great through balls from the middle along with some great diagonal balls and crosses."

The Indians did get in some game-type experience before the Central match, as they competed in a jamboree versus Cascade and Gladstone.

Junior midfielder Grace Negelspach scored two goals versus Cascade.

"We had great movement and possession and great combination play, and got lots of people involved in the attack," Jark said.

Havlik had "an awesome set piece free kick" against Gladstone, and that part of the jamboree showed Jark that the Indians will need to continue to shore up their back line.

"Our back line struggled a little bit, as Gladstone broke through a few times," she said. "We lost two very strong center backs from last year, so we will be working on our back line all year.

"The jamboree was a great way to initially see where people fit in positionally and what we need to work on going forward."

Scappoose has six more nonleague games before it opens the Northwest Oregon Conference season with a highly anticipated showdown at home against Wilsonville on Oct. 9.

Next for the Indians will be Lebanon at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12.

Scappoose began the season one point out of the top 10 in the Class 5A coaches' poll, while Wilsonville was the highest-rated NWOC team at No. 5.

n The St. Helens boys soccer team also played on Tuesday, opening its season with a 4-0 loss at nonleague Dallas.

Those two teams had met a year ago to start the season, and the Dragons won 8-3 at St. Helens.

First-year Lions head coach Clark Lawrence, hoping to get the school its first varsity win in boys soccer since 2015, said he saw several areas of promise and possible improvement after this year's opener.

"With a slight tweak to our formation, we will be in better shape," Lawrence said. "A lot of our freshmen played good minutes, and that will pay dividends later this year and beyond.

"Our freshman goalie (Andrew Worlitz) is now 1 for 1 on penalty kicks (Dallas missed a PK try), and we had a few good chances off of set pieces and did some good work countering, but struggled a bit in possession."

The Lions will return to the field on Thursday, Sept. 12, facing Astoria at St. Helens at 7 p.m.

Lawrence said he expects the learning process to continue.

"The boys are starting to understand the differences in my style from the previous coaches, and have reacted well so far to a disappointing loss," he said.

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