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Tribe girls soccer rolling through Cowapa League

Team rips 'Mooks and Astoria in league action last week
by: John Brewington DOUBLE DUTY—Scappoose’s Charlie Davidson has been a big part of the soccer team and also one of the top runners on the cross country team.

The Scappoose Lady Indians have become something like a soccer juggernaut in the Cowapa League, rolling over their first two opponents with a combined 21 goals.

Last Monday, they skewered a hapless Tillamook team, 13-0, and then on Thursday they blasted Astoria, 8-0.

'I thought we played our best game of the year against Astoria,' coach Chris Dorough said. 'I think were hitting our stride. We had a little bit of a lull where we played (just) half a game well, but we played a full 80 minutes (against Astoria). Last night we beat Astoria at their place 8-0 in a league game. Overall it was our most complete game as we held the ball well, finished our chances, and held them without a shot.' Tribe goalies Alix Raya and Taylor Tull are starting to feel a little lonely. Neither Tillamook nor Astoria made a credible threat to score. Dorough said his goalies look forward to practice and shots from strikers Ariel Viera, Charlie Davidson, and Ellie Mullen.

Viera led the attack on Astoria with three goals and an assist. She had four goals against Tillamook. Davidson had two goals, while Zoey Hendryx, Shaylee McGuire and Molly Orr each added a goal. Cassidy Hoglund, Lacey Maloney and Mullen each had assists.

Kate Collard had three assists and along with Hendryx 'played great in the middle of the park and controlled the game for us,' Dorough said.

The Lady Indians are at Banks and Seaside this week. Dorough said the match at Seaside could be one of their toughest in the league.

The squad is staying focused and their immediate goal for the rest of the regular season is to stay focused on finishing in the top eight in the Oregon Schools Activities Association power rankings. They'll need not only wins, but for some of their opponents to do well to keep them around the fourth-place ranking they currently enjoy.

'We're definitely improving and all the girls are playing hard no matter that the opponent. They're not backing down on offense and staying very active the entire game. The goal is to stay focused. Our combination play is really improving,' the coach noted.

The Lady Indians made it to the 4A state semifinals last season before a narrow lost to Sisters. Dorough said he looks for Gladstone and Molalla to again be potential playoff foes, along with Philomath, Mazama, and Sisters.

'Mazama is the returning champ and they are having a good year (5-1 overall),' he said.

Scappoose is the team to beat in the Cowapa League. At 17th in the power rankings, Seaside (3-3) is currently the next highest team, followed by Yamhill-Carlton (4-2) in 22nd, Astoria (2-4) at 23rd, Banks (1-2) at 36th, and Tillamook (1-4) at 39th (out of 41).

The Lady Indians were at Banks on Tuesday, and are at Seaside on Thursday. The following week they finish up the first half of league play with Yamhill-Carlton on Tues., Oct. 11, and then have a week before they start the second half hosting Astoria on Monday, Oct. 17.