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Ariel Viera nears 100 career soccer goals

Scappoose senior could set state record before she is done


by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Ariel Viera will try to score her 100th goal this Wednesday when the Scappoose Lady Indians host TIllamook.Soccer fans may want to attend this Wednesday’s game at the new high school field just to say they were there when Ariel Viera scored her 100th career goal.

There are records and there are benchmarks. Viera will certainly hit a benchmark with her 100th goal this season. She could also approach the 116 goals of Laura Schott, currently the head coach at Portland State University. In the 1990s, she scored 116 for Jesuit.

Anna-Marie Popma of Tualatin scored her 100th goal in the 6A state finals in 2011. Catlin Gabel had a girl reach or come close to 100 goals some time back.

Viera, a senior, has been something of a scoring machine during her four years on the varsity. She reached 90 goals two games back, and then scored three in each in her last two matches.

With the usual big smile on her face, Viera said of reaching the mark, “I think it’s really awesome.” The mark certainly puts her in elite territory, and it’s a personal achievement, but it’s not Viera’s real goal this season. She won’t settle for anything less than “coming home with a state championship.”

The team has come close the last two years, making the semifinals in 2010, and the quarterfinals last year.

The Lady Indians whipped Yamhill-Carlton, 6-0, on Oct. 2, and pummeled Astoria 10-0 on Oct. 4.

The two wins vaulted Scappoose into first-place in the OSAA power rankings. Coach Chris Dorough wants to finish at least in the top four so the team will have home field through the semifinals.

It may be difficult because the other teams in the league are not ranked very high, and that can mean fewer points for the top teams.

Dorough, who has coached Viera all four years, said she has meant an awful lot to the program.

“Everyone around her has gotten better because she works so hard,” he said. “They feed off that success and also the attention she draws in games.”

Dorough said the number of girls out for soccer in Scappoose has increased every year. Viera gets some of that credit, he added. He noted that she works with the younger players in the summer, volunteering her time.

“They’ve seen her picture in the newspapers and know who she is,” he said.

He said it also makes the team that much better. “Our goalies and defenders get a great workout, and she’s helped our forward line like Charlie (Davidson) and (freshman) Eleanor (Jones).”

Will Viera make it to 100 this Wednesday? The odds are good. She’s had hat tricks in every league game and some others as well. Tillamook has given up a lot of goals this season. Dorough said the plan is to try and do it this game because the next two games are on the road.

“We want to do it at home,” he said. The Lady Indians are a couple notches above the rest of the league and if they want to get Viera four goals, they most likely will.

Against YC, the Lady Indians didn’t waste any time in scoring. Eleanor Jones took an assist for the first goal just 40 seconds into the match. Viera took an assist from Jones just a few minutes later for the next goal. Jones scored again on assist from Molly Orr and made it a hat trick with an assist from Natalie Muth just before the half. The Lady Indians led 4-0 at halftime.

In the second half, Viera got assists from Muth and then from Davidson to complete her own hat trick.

“We played pretty well and didn’t allow a shot on goal,” Dorough said.

Astoria would prove even less of a problem for the Tribe. They wouldn’t get a shot on goal, either.

The Tribe also had a 4-0 lead at the half in the game. First half scoring included: Jones from Orr; Viera from Muth; Charlie Davidson on her own; Viera from Cassidy Hoglund.

In the second half it was: Muth from Davidson; Davidson from Jones; Viera from Hoglund; Lucy Davidson from Amara Templin; Lexi Courtney from Hoglund; and Orr from Kendall Keierleber.

“We only had 15 minutes to warm up, due to our bus breaking down on the way,” Dorough said. “We came out very strong and kept it up for the entire game. I though our passing and spacing was the best it’s been all season. We played pretty much a complete game.”

Scappoose is the only team unbeaten in league play. All others have at least one loss and one tie. Scappoose finishes the first half of play with winless-in-league Tillamook on Wednesday. The ‘Mooks have just one win on the season, against Newport’s jayvee team. Scappoose is 7-1, having lost only to 3A/2A/1A champion OES. Tillamook has been shut-out in five games, and scored just three goals against varsity teams. They’ve had 43 goals scored against them.

Scappoose just has Tillamook next week to finish the first half of league. That gives them five matches remaining in the regular season. No one in league has come close to challenging them-except maybe Banks in first half.

The Lady Indians start the second half of league play at Banks on Oct. 16.