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Boys soccer: Scappoose draws Blanchet Catholic 3-3

The match provides a little extra experience heading into the OSAA postseason


In a normal year, Scappoose would be fresh off a league matchup with Banks as the regular season wound down. But after receiving the news that Banks had dropped their boys' soccer team just before the season started, Scappoose had to scramble to fill a pair of open holes in their schedule. The replacement? A 9-1 team from the Class 3A ranks, No. 9 Blanchet Catholic.

It's a team with a little stronger pedigree than any the Indians saw during league play. The Cavaliers have scored more goals and allowed fewer goals than any of the Cowapa League's eight teams, and though they were matched up against a team from a smaller division, Tribe head coach Scott Stanton knew they were in for a challenge.

The 'challenge' turned out to be a 2-0 deficit at halftime, forcing Scappoose to battle back for a 3-3 draw with Blanchet Catholic on Tuesday night, snapping the Indians' winning streak at three matches but extending their unbeaten run to five outings.

“We obviously went there with the intention to win and were a bit disappointed that we came away with a draw,” said Stanton, who hadn't been able to scrounge up hardly any information on their opponents before the match.

The Cavaliers struck just a few minutes in, bending a free kick around the Indian wall and beating Scappoose senior goalkeeper Isaac Hamm to take a 1-0 lead. The second goal came on a ball whipped in from the left side, leaving Scappoose to make some adjustments at the break.

Six minutes into the second half, Devin Linnville connected with forward Asa Flanagan to open the Indians' account. Another feed from Linnville to Flanagan in the 59th minute pulled a second goal back for Scappoose.

But Blanchet Catholic, who had knocked in 43 goals this season, had an answer with 15 minutes to play, taking a 3-2 lead and reigniting the same rallying spirit that brought the Indians back from a goal deficit at Astoria, and led to a blowout of Tillamook a few days later.

With six minutes to play, sophomore Ty Cooper powered into the box and was drug down. The referee pointed to the spot, and senior Devin Timmons put the penalty kick away to draw Scappoose level in the 74th minute.

Stanton, while not satisfied with the draw, said it was a good result for having been down two goals at halftime. And what's more, it was a well-received stiff challenge with a playoff run ahead of them.

“They were a very good team, quite technical and moved the ball around well,” Stanton said. “It was a great opportunity for us to go up against a side like that as we prepare for the postseason.”

SUMMARY

Scappoose 3, Blanchet Catholic 3

SCAP 0 3 3

BLAN 2 1 — 3

Goals:

SCAP — Asa Flanagan 46' (Devin Linnville), 59' (D. Linnville)

SCAP — Devin Timmons 74' (Unassisted)

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