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100 Goals: No stopping soccer phenom Ariel Viera

Scappoose senior quickly scores four goals against defenseless Tillamook


by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Ariel Viera took the ball right to the net for her 100th career goal last Wednesday in the first nine minutes of Scappoose's match with Tillamook.There was no drama, no suspense, just four rocket-fired goals from Ariel Viera last Wednesday afternoon to quickly bring her career total to the century mark—100 goals and still counting.

It was obvious Viera didn’t feel much pressure, even with KOIN TV recording from the sidelines, and a couple of hundred fans on hand.

She needed four to make 100, and she notched the first just 14 seconds into the match. She took the ball from a Tillamook defender and went down the right side and punched it in. It was just 26 seconds later that she took a pass from Lucy Davidson and tallied her total to 98.

Two down, two to go. Molly Orr added a lone goal to give Scappoose a 3-0 lead less than three minutes into the match. Less than five minutes later, Viera took a cross from Charlie Davidson at the 32:50-remaining-in-the-half mark to make it 99. Natalie Muth added a goal with an assist from Lucy Davidson. It was 5-0.

Just 15 seconds after that goal, Ariel made it 100 on a pass from Muth. Viera left the field for awhile, but would return on defense.

“It was awesome, especially when the team came over and did a big group hug,” Viera later said to the television camera. “It was a pretty exciting day,” she added the next night at the Homecoming football game with her dad, Dave.

The Lady Indians were ranked first going into the contest, but just by playing last-place Tillamook they dropped to second. Tillamook moved to 39th from 41st by virtue of playing Scappoose.

The Lady Indians would score eight more goals in the first half, and lead 14-0 at the break. They called off the pressure in the second half and scored just one more.

Other goals during the game included: Lucy Davidson from Eleanor Jones; Amara Templin from Charlie Davidson; Jones from Julia Grabhorn; Lauren Frank from Grabhorn; Taylor Tull from Grabhorn; Frank from Alix Raya; Raya from Grabhorn; and in the second half, Tull from Cassidy Hoglund.

There was a lot of awe to go around about the 15 goals, but the day belonged to Viera.

“To score 100 goals in a career is a great achievement,” Scappoose Coach Chris Dorough said. “It shows how consistent and how hard she works. She has a good chance at the Oregon record at the pace she is scoring at.”by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Ariel Viera scored her 99th goal, third of the match, just a few minutes in. Her first two goals game in the first minute of the match.

Her dad, Dave Viera, watched the match from the other end of the field from his wife, Josie.

“It was pretty awesome. I’m pretty excited,” he said. He and his wife don’t stand together during matches, “because it works out better that way.”

He said Ariel plays for the FC Portland U18 team now. After she graduates from high school, Ariel will attend the University of Portland on a half-scholarship. The team has just 14 scholarships and anywhere from 25-40 girls total, so they give out just half scholarships.

Ariel plays defense on the FC Portland team, and may also be a defender at UP. The high school team has been the place where she gets a chance to score. And she’s done it well.

How does Ariel feel about all the attention over the 100 goals and maybe a shot at the state record?

“You’ll never get Ariel to say anything (about the record),” her dad said. “She’s a very humble person and a little overwhelmed. I think for her that will be awesome. The reason she plays so well is that it’s a lot of fun. You can watch her. She gets a big smile and just keeps on playing.”

Ariel was recruited by UP in her sophomore year. She also looked at Oregon State, the University of Washington, and Oregon.

“UP has been her dream school since she was little,” Dave Viera noted. She likes the small class size, smaller campus and is pretty excited about soccer. It’s the No. 1 sport at UP, along with men’s basketball. The school’s soccer program is considered one of the top five in the country, and the school regularly sets attendance records. Their 5,000-seat soccer stadium is usually filled, leading the country in game attendance.

Ariel will start summer school after graduation from high school so she can start training with the team. Academically she is entering the biology program with an eye towards physical therapy. Coaching soccer may also lie in her future.

Ariel says winning the state team championship this year is her real goal right now. She does have another achievement she dreams about. “My major goal is to play in the Olympics one day,” she said.

Dad Dave works at Intel, and Ariel has an older brother that works at UPS.

Ariel may not be able to reach the state record of 131 goals set by the renowned Tiffeny Milbrett, a Hillsboro High and UP grad. Laura Schott, the Portland State head coach scored 116 goals in the 1990s. That second-place record could be within her grasp, but will not be easy.

She will go well above 100 goals, though. Going into this week, the team has five league games remaining, all against weaker teams. The Tribe will surely win the league title and advance right to the state playoffs.

Scappoose was at Banks on Tuesday and travels to Seaside on Thursday. The following week they have Yamhill-Carlton and Astoria at home.