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Lady Indians miss out on soccer title shot

Loss to Glads was closer than final 4-1 score shows


by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Scappoose's Eleanor Jones (14) and Natalie Muth (3) try to score off a corner kick during last week's game with Gladstone. Ariel Viera (17 below) drives the ball down the pitch. It was Viera's last soccer match for the high school. She scored 116 goals in her career.The Scappoose Lady Indians couldn’t convert their many chances into scores and came out on the short end of a 4-1 loss to Gladstone in the 4A girls soccer finals on Tuesday.

The two teams were playing to get into the championship match and it was a hard-fought match from start to finish. Gladstone would go on to play Mazama in the finals and post a 1-0 win.

The loss to Gladstone was a hard pill to swallow for Scappoose. They dominated the first half of play and were still very much in the match until the closing minutes.

“It was a rough week but we’re doing better today,” Scappoose Coach Chris Dorough said Friday. “I talked with the girls a bit today. They were upset with the loss, particularly considering we out played (Gladstone) in the first half. The seniors are sad, but have recovered and realized that they helped change the program. The underclassmen are all ready to get going (for next year).”

by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Scappoose's Lucy Davidson outfought a Gladstone player for the ball and moved the ball down the field during Tuesday's semifinal match. The Lady Indians hosted Gladstone, but lost 4-1. Gladstone would win the state championship on Saturday.Dorough said he started four freshmen in the semifinal match and felt they earned his faith in them.

“The team had the confidence going in to win it and we came out and executed the game plan,” Dorough noted.

The Lady Indians knew Gladstone would be a tough match. The team knocked Scappoose out of the playoffs last season, and the Tribe won an early season 1-0 game with a goal in the closing seconds. The match was at Scappoose on grass, something the Tribe felt gave them an advantage. They felt Gladstone would be tougher on the turf they play on at their home field.

One of their biggest obstacles was Amber Jensen, last year’s 4A Player of the Year. The Lady Indians used two freshmen to hold her at bay in the first half.

“Jensen had no opportunity in the first half,” Dorough said. “We had the first eight shots on goal, a couple right to (the goalie). She also had 2-3 good saves, and we had a goal called back. We had a really good spell but we really needed a lead and couldn’t take advantage. I thought Gladstone came out a little flat to start the game.”

It was a 0-0 tie at the end of the first half, but Gladstone picked it up a notch in the second half.

“It wasn’t that we had a let down, it was that their team stepped up and we weren’t able to match it,” Dorough added. “We weren’t able to take it to another level.”

Gladstone scored the first goal just 37 seconds into the second half to take the lead. The Tribe’s Ariel Viera had a penalty kick close to the goal just a few minutes later, but wasn’t able to convert. About nine minutes into the match, Gladstone would score again and that meant Scappoose had to aggressively try to find a score.

“The first two they earned,” Dorough acknowledged. “The first one was a dink that went in and the second was a very good goal. We had to take away the double team on Jensen and she got loose twice (at the end for scores). We handled her very well, but we had to push to (get a score) and that gave them the opportunity to put it away.”

Jensen’s goal with 12:27 left was the capper for Scappoose. The Lady Indians’ goal came off an own goal from the Glads as the Tribe pressed to score. The last goal came with 42 seconds left.

“It was a pretty good season,” Dorough said. “Our 15-2 was the best winning percentage we’ve ever had. We were 10-0 in league and scored 115 goals. In the last four years, the team was 53-11-4, including 34-0-1 in league. Our senior class never lost to a Cowapa League team. What the senior group did was unbelievable.”

The Tribe’s Ariel Viera, bound for the University of Portland’s soccer team next season, finished her career with 116 goals, third best in state history at any level. She was three-time league Player of the Year, and will probably make her third all-state first team this year.

“I don’t think what she did will ever be topped. She’s an incredible goal scorer,” Dorough said of Viera. “Not many (players) have the ability to dominate games and enjoy it. She works for the team, works hard, and loves doing it. She knows when to be serious. She’s a big time team player that wants to win and wants results and doesn’t care who gets (a goal).”

He said that having Viera, who also works with the youth programs, has provided inspiration for the program. Every year, Scappoose has had more girls out for soccer.

The year before Viera joined the team, the club was 5-7-2. Since she came they lost only 11 games over those four years, and no league matches.

“The good news is that we started seven non-seniors in the state semifinals,” the fifth-year coach said.by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Scappoose's Natalie Muth was marked pretty closely by a Gladstone player during last Tuesday's semifinal match. The Lady Indians held Gladstone scoreless in the first half, but would lose the match.