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Lady Indians all alone atop Cowapa League

Scappoose pummels Seaside, 11-1 to take control of league


by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Charlie Davidson drives the ball and would go on to score during Thursday's match with Seaside.
The Scappoose Lady Indians’ soccer team took just two games to take control of the Cowapa League and look to be headed to another league championship.

The girls beat Banks on Monday last week (4-0), and Thursday they clobbered Seaside, 11-1. They scored eight first half goals in the win.

“We came out very strong,” Scappoose Coach Chris Dorough said. “We talked about establishing a starting line-up and started at full speed. The girls came to play from the whistle (Thursday) and it was one of the best first halves of soccer I have seen. The focus and intensity was there.”

Scappoose was on board less than three minutes into the contest when Ariel Viera took a pass from Lucy Davidson. Natalie Muth scored on an assist from Molly Orr just 11 minutes in for a 2-0 lead.

Then it was petal to the metal for the Tribe. Viera scored on a penalty kick at 25:19 (remaining) and Charlie Davidson followed off an assist from Eleanor Jones just 22 second later (24:57). It was davidson again at 23:39 off a pass from Orr. The Lady Indians were up 5-0 and there was still an hour left on the clock.

Jones added another goal off Orr’s third assist of the half at 17:31. With 11:19 remaining, Viera took a cross from Amara Templin. With an assist from Morgan Tenney, Lexi Courtney scored with 3:50 left in the half.

By intent, Scappoose wasn’t as aggressive in the second half, but still scored three times. Muth took an assist from Jones for a score, and Viera added two more goals, one on an assist from Davidson and the other on an assist from Taylor Tull.

The two league wins last week boosted the Tribe to the top of the Cowapa League standings. They are the only team remaining without a loss or a tie. Due to level of their opponents in preseason, the Lady Indians climbed back up in the Oregon School Activities Association power rankings to second. That may be hard for them to maintain, since the Cowapa League level of play overall isn’t that high. Factored into the standings is the winning percentage of a team’s opponents, and the winning percentage of their opponents. Seaside may have lost big to Scappoose, but just by playing the Lady Indians they moved up eight spots in the rankings.

In other league action last week, Astoria beat Yamhill-Carlton, and Seaside beat Tillamook (7-0). Astoria and Banks tied 1-1. Yamhill-Carlton also beat Tillamook (6-0).

Dorough and the Lady Indians are not taking any of their league opponents lightly. They did that last year and ended up tying Astoria. They don’t want a repeat of that.

“Now we go on the road for two league games (this) week and look to continue our strong league start,” Dorough said.

Scappoose was at Yamhill-Carlton on Tuesday, and takes on Astoria in Warrenton on Thursday. They’ll finish the first round of league play on Oct. 10 at Tillamook.

The winner of the Cowapa League gets an automatic berth into the state playoffs, skipping the play-in round. That gives them a home game. Teams that finish in the top four in the power rankings and advance get home field through the semifinals.