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Lady Indians wrap up Cowapa title

With just three games to go in league, Tribe can't be caught


by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Scappoose's Emily Muth jostles with Seaside players during Friday's match.For the fourth year in a row, the Scappoose Lady Indians have clinched the Cowapa League soccer title.

While Scappoose still has three games left in league play, they have the tiebreaker on their next closest opponent Seaside—having beaten them twice.

The Lady Indians posted a 6-0 win over Banks early last week and then travelled to Seaside twice, finally posting a 7-3 win on Friday. Thursday’s scheduled game with Seaside was postponed when only one official showed up and Seaside refused to play with one.

Scappoose Coach Chris Dorough said the Tribe played well in a shutout of Banks, their fifth shutout in seven games. Only Seaside has scored on Scappoose in league play.

“We played a solid game,” Dorough said of the Banks contest. “They are athletic and it’s a tough field to play on but we limited them offensively and controlled most of the game.”

by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Ariel Viera ran her career goal total to 104 with two goals at Seaside.Ariel Viera added her 101st goal of her career against Banks. She would score three more times at Seaside to bring her total to 104.

Scoring for the Banks game included: Charlie Davidson from Eleanor Jones; Lucy Davidson from Lexi Courtney; Jones from Viera; Viera from Charlie Davidson; Molly Orr from Lucy Davidson; Julia Grabhorn from Lexi Courtney.

The final score at Seaside makes it appear a closer match than it was. However, Scappoose led 5-0 by halftime, but backed off by midway through the second half.

“We came out very strong against Seaside after two long bus trips there,” a not-that-happy Dorough said. “We controlled the ball for almost the entire first half. We were a little too relaxed at the end and gave up late goals, but overall the girls played well and separated themselves from the rest of the league.”

Scoring against Seaside included: Viera from Emily Muth; Viera from Lucy Davidson; Charlie Davidson from Natalie Muth; Viera from Lucy Davidson; (second half) Charlie Davidson from Viera; Charlie Davidson from Natalie Muth; Lucy Davidson from Viera.

The Lady Indians are currently ranked second by the Oregon School Activities Association. If they can stay in the top four of the rankings, they would be guaranteed home field until at least the semifinals.

Scappoose hosted Yamhill-Carlton on Tuesday, and Astoria comes to town on Thursday. They finish the season at Tillamook on Oct. 30.

The Tribe beat YC 6-0 in their last meeting, thumped Astoria 10-0, and clobbered Tillamook 15-0, scoring 14 goals in the first half.

On Monday, Scappoose was ranked second behind Mazama and ahead of La Grande and Philomath. Under the new playoff system, they will get a bye from the play-in round and go directly to the OSAA 16-team playoff bracket. They will host the winner of a play-in game in the first week of November, probably Nov. 6. If they win, they would most likely host a quarterfinal game that weekend. No. 2 teams and the top remaining ranked teams host play-in games on Nov. 3.