Lady Indians clinch crown; prep for 'play-in' round
by: John Brewington IN CONTROL—Scappoose’s Kate Collard keeps the ball away from Seaside defender during last Wednesday’s match. Scappoose beat Seaside 3-0 to clinch the Cowapa League championship.

The Scappoose Lady Indians clinched the Cowapa League title with a 3-0 win against Seaside last Wednesday, and capped the regular season Monday with a 3-0 win over Yamhill-Carlton.

The championship gives Scappoose a home match in the 'play-in' round against the No. 5 team from the Tri-Valley League, Estacada. That game will be played at 6 p.m., Thursday night in Scappoose. The schedule wasn't done to accomodate Scappoose, but it does allow two-sport athlete Charlie Davidson to run in the state cross country meet Saturday. Davidson, a sophomore, won the Cowapa League district meet last Thursday. She is also a big part of the soccer team.

'We didn't do it to accomodate her,' Scappoose AD and #8200;Robert Medley said. 'Our two-sport athletes have to choose which sport if there is a conflict, but Estacada wanted to play Thursday. and #8200;A lot of the schools wanted to stay away from Friday and most didn't want to play Saturday.'

The Seaside match was a little closer than Scappoose would have liked. Scappoose coach Chris Dorough noted that Seaside set back and tried to keep the Lady Indians from scoring. That worked for a half.

Scappoose racked up three second half goals, scored by Lacey Maloney, Shaylee McGuire, and Davidson. They came off two assists from Ariel Viera and one from Kate Collard.

'I think the team is getting stronger mentally and ready to battle teams,' Dorough noted.

Monday at Yamhill-Carlton, Scappoose ran their league record to 9-0-1. The team is 11-1-2 overall and ranked sixth in the state.

McGuire, Viera and Cassidy and #8200;Hoglund each had goals against YC. Ellie Mullen, McGuire, and Charlie Davidson had assists.

'Defensively, we looked very strong and ready to face anyone,' and #8200;Dorough said. 'Our offense combined very well.'

After the play-in round this week, the 16-team state playoffs begin on Nov. 8. Quarterfinal games are Nov. 12, semifinals Nov. 15 and the championship game on Nov. 19 at Liberty.

Estacada finished the season 3-7 in league, and 4-9 overall. They are ranked 24th.

Scappoose is ranked 6th overall and came close to making the championship game last season.

The Lady Indians will be home for the play-in round, and at least the first round of the 4A state playoffs.

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