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Lady Indians embark on 4A title quest

Tribe gets No. 2 seed, but still not an easy road to championship


by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Scappoose's Ariel Viera led her team up against Brookings-Harbor on Tuesday to start the 4A state soccer playoffs.The Scappoose Lady Indians like their position as they begin what they hope will end with a 4A state soccer championship.

The Tribe was to start play on Tuesday this week, hosting Brookings-Harbor in the 16-team state playoffs.

Scappoose breezed through the Cowapa League without a loss and only one team even scoring a goal on them. They were 13-1 overall. Their only defeat came against non-league 3A perennial powerhouse OES.

The Tribe finished the season as the No. 2 team in the OSAA power rankings, and that earned them the No. 2 seed.

“I feel very good about the bracket,” Coach Chris Dorough said. “I like our chances very much tomorrow against Brookings-Harbor. If we can win that game both JC (Junction City) and La Salle present difficulties. Both have a couple outstanding players. I do think the top four seeds in this year’s playoffs are the top four teams going in. Molalla or Sisters might make a run as well”

If Scappoose prevails against Brookings-Harbor, they will play the winner of the La Salle Prep-Junction City match in the quarterfinals (Nov. 10). That game would also be in Scappoose. If they advance, they most likely will play No. 3-seed Gladstone or the winner of the Sisters (No. 10) and Molalla (No. 6) match in the semifinals on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Mazama posted the No. 1 ranking and faced North Marion on Tuesday. Philomath was the No. 4 seed. The most likely scenario is that Philomath and Mazama play in one semifinal, while Scappoose and Gladstone play in the other. The two winners would then play for the state championship.

Mazama’s only blemish on their record was a tie with Summit, the top-ranked 5A team. Gladstone only had a 1-0 loss to Scappoose and a tie with No. 6 Molalla, 1-1. Philomath was 11-3 on the year, losing only to OES (5-1), Valley Catholic (another 3A powerhouse) 3-1; and to 5A Corvallis, 2-0 (No. 5).

The Lady Indians will be home for their first two matches, but the semifinals may be played on a neutral turf field. The championship match is set for Liberty High School on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Scappoose ended their regular season last week, routing Tillamook, 14-0. That gave them a total of 29 goals against Tillamook over two games.