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Indians tie Banks, fall to Seaside

Scappoose misses chances for soccer wins, poor calls add to team's woes


by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Scappoose's Jesus Martinez brings the ball down the field on the fly with Soren Johannsen of Seaside in hot pursuit. The Indians lost to the Gulls, 2-1.The Scappoose Indians had some opportunities to pick up wins last week, but the fates played them cruelly allowing just a tie with Banks, and a 2-1 loss to Seaside.

UPDATE:

Tribe notches win

Scappoose picked up their second win of the season on Monday night, topping Yamhill-Carlton, 4-3. The Indians are now 2-5-1 in league play. Complete results next week.

Coach Scott Stanton said Scappoose had chances with four break-away runs against Banks, but tried just a bit too hard.

“Our defense looked absolutely perfect at times,” Stanton said. “But there was a brief moment of panic and a lapse of focus about a quarter of the way into the game where our defense was caught ball watching and neglected to pick up on the unmarked Banks player at the top of the box.”

Keeper Isaac Hamm, who otherwise had a great game, slipped in the grass and Banks took their time to drive home the goal.

“With about 10 minutes left in the game,” Stanton said, “I changed up our formation, pulling out our defensive minded midfielders and sticking in another forward.  That paid off with just under two minutes left in the game when Devin Timmons attacked the goal, got a shot off that the keeper got to, but couldn’t hang on to. It landed at Asa Flanagan’s feet and he got us the goal that had somehow been eluding us the entire game.”

Wednesday night the Indians hosted Seaside.

“We just can’t catch a break,” Stanton said of the match. “Their first goal took a deflection off one of our defenders. Their second goal came from an inaccurate call by the ref with 10 minutes left in the game. A Seaside player had dribbled into our penalty area and took a shot, one of our defenders jumped in its path to block it and the ball struck his hand, which was firmly planted against his side. The ref called a hand ball in the box and Seaside was awarded a penalty kick. The rule is that your hand must be in an unnatural position when it touches the ball, or you intentionally swat at the ball to interrupt its course of flight. I’ve never seen a hand ball called on someone who has their hands firmly planted against their side.”

Stanton said that after going down 1-0, the team regrouped at halftime and became more attack oriented. With about 10 minutes to go, the Seaside keeper picked up a pass from one of his defenders. That’s a rules violation and it resulted in an indirect free kick. Devin Timmons tapped the ball to Jesus Martinez, who fired it into the back of the net.

Stanton said it was intense in the last few minutes, but the poor call resulted in the loss. He noted that Hamm, who was staring directly into the sun for the penalty kick could barely see the ball. Other than that, he had a phenomenal game in goal.

A win over Seaside would have shaken things up a bit in the league. As it is, there were just three games left going into this past Monday. Scappoose was at Yamhill-Carlton on Monday, travels to Astoria on Thursday, and finishes off their season with Tillamook visiting next Thursday.

The Indians are not in contention for any post-season play.