Estacada edges Indians soccer team

Scappoose gives up second-half goal on direct free kick
by: John Brewington SOCCER FEATS—Scappoose’s Alex Lukinbeal meets the ball with his head during last week’s match with Estacada.

It wasn't a bad start for the Scappoose High boys' soccer team on Tuesday. They barely lost their season opener to Estacada on a direct kick in the second half.

'We had a tight contest through the match,' Scappoose coach Bob Deuker said. 'Both teams missed scoring chances. We had four freshman starting out of our 11 players (on the field).'

Scappoose goalie Steven Davis, goalkeeper of the year in the Cowapa League last season, helped keep Estacada out of the net for most of the game. In the first half, he saved one goal by going high and tipping it into the cross bar where it glanced off out of bounds. It knocked the wind out of him, Deuker said, but he recovered.

The winning goal came on a penalty that gave the visiting Rangers a direct kick from outside the 18-yard box. There were just seven minutes remaining in the contest.

'We lost our defensive composure,' Deuker said of the penalty.

Scappoose had one close attempt to knot the score inside the final minute. Freshman Asa Flanagan got a good shot on goal, only to have a diving goalkeeper block the shot.

Neither team got a lot of shots on goal during the match. Scappoose had six and Estacada nine. Scappoose had just one corner kick and Estacada three. Davis had six saves and Estacada's goalie had five.

'This is a great group of athletes,' Deuker said. 'They have been working very hard in training and we hope to have success in our two matches this week.'

The Indians were at Roosevelt on Tuesday. They host Gladstone in a noon game Saturday. That match was rescheduled from Thursday, due to a conflict for the Glads' coach. The Indians host Corbett next Thursday.