Tribe gives up a pair of goals in each half

by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Junior Asa Flanagan (6) rises for a header in the second half of Tuesday afternoon's loss to Gladstone.Scappoose and Gladstone battled at Chinook Field on Thursday evening, with the Gladiators scoring a pair of goals in each half, cruising to a 4-0 victory.

Scappoose (0-2) had trouble retaining possession in the first half to Gladstone, who played directly to their forwards instead of passing and making a point to keep the ball as long as possible. Head Coach Scott Stanton said the direct style of play made the game difficult in the first half, but adjustments at halftime and a renewed emphasis on playing patiently led to better results in the second half.

“Definitely in the second half we started to possess really well,” said Stanton. “Kind of stringing together some passes in the midfield, getting in behind the defense and creating some opportunities.”

Stanton also spoke of the performance by Junior goalkeeper Isaac Hamm, who stopped shot after shot from an aggressive Gladstone front line.

“He made some pretty key saves,” Stanton said.

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