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OFF TO A GOOD START

Lady Indians pound Cascade in home opener


by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Ariel Viera got her season off to a good start with four goals against Cascade last week in a 10-1 win for the Lady Indians.
The Scappoose Lady Indians wasted little time in putting away the visiting Cascade Cougars on Thursday afternoon, easily thumping them, 10-1.

With a corps of talented returning starters and some precocious freshmen, the match almost over in the first 10 minutes and all wrapped up by a 7-0 halftime lead.

“It went really well,” Scappoose Coach Chris Dorough said the next day. “We got three goals early and continued to score through the first half. We were very sharp. Offensively, we came out extremely strong, quick and passing. The girls were very focused and they were ready to play and to stop practicing.”

Dorough had the Lady Indians back off a bit in the second half and had everyone on the roster playing early and most of the second half.

“We didn’t want to hang too big a score on them in our first game,” the coach added.by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Freshman Eleanor Jones (14 above) had a pretty good varsity debut on Thursday, scoring a hat trick in the first half.

As might expected, the Tribe’s Ariel Viera accounted for four scores, two of them unassisted, in the first half. She added one more for the tenth goal. Viera has been Player of the Year in the Cowapa League the last two years, and also all-state.

It wasn’t Viera scoring first, however. It was senior Molly Orr scoring off an assist from freshman Natalie Muth just seconds into the game.

Freshman Eleanor Jones then took a cross from junior Charlie Davidson for her first varsity goal. She would score the last two goals of the half, one off a pass from Julia Grabhorn and the other off another cross from Davidson.

“It’s the first time I ever heard of a player scoring a hat-trick (three goals) in her first varsity match, much less three in a half,” Dorough said.

Scappoose was playing for the first time on a new field, right next to the Scappoose Middle School in the location where Otto H.H. Petersen was formerly located.

“The field looked great, but the grass was a little long. We have more space, and it’s a lot wider (than the football field). It spaces teams out and the girls loved it out there.”

Scappoose would add three more goals in the second half. They took a 9-0 lead before Cascade scored on a free kick.

Freshman Lucy Davidson, sister to Charlie, took a cross from Orr for her first varsity goal. Cassidy Hoglund got a cross from Jones for the next goal. After Cascade’s goal, Viera finished off the scoring with a cross from Lucy Davidson.

Dorough said it was a good outing. “It got a lot of our players some confidence, especially the five freshmen heading into their varsity game,” he said. “Defensively we could have played better, but it was good to see the team playing against some competition other than each other. We do have some things to work on and clean up.”

The coach noted that Cascade had played Seaside the day before. The game ended in a 2-2 draw.

“They were playing in the heat and fatigue could have been a factor. We were fresh and chomping at the bit and ready to play. They weren’t prepared for our speed and athleticism. We’re not necessarily a big team, but were a physical team.”

Rematch slated

A truer test for Scappoose will come next Thursday when Gladstone visits. Scappoose beat the Glads in their first meeting last season, but then lost to them 3-0 in the state playoffs. Gladstone would go on to win the 4A state championship in overtime against Sisters. The Tribe’s only losses last season came to two state champions, Gladstone and OES (3A/2A/1A).

“We got them once last year and they got us in the one that mattered,” Dorough said. “We want to play quality teams.” Gladstone and Scappoose were both 1-0 on the season after Thursday’s games. They were tied for fifth in the early OSAA power rankings. Gladstone beat Stayton 8-0 in their first game.

The Glads were to play Seaside on Tuesday.

Their game with Scappoose is on the new Scappoose field at 4:15 p.m.

The Lady Indians travel to Molalla and OES on Tuesday and Thursday next week.