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Tribe girls soccer downs Molalla for first victory

A pair of goals in each half help first year coach Nicholas Heffernan get his first win


by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Elanor Jones fights Molalla's Isabella Petitta for the ball. Jones, who also kicks extra points for the football team, scored the go-ahead goal early in the second half to give Scappoose their first victory.Scappoose finally has the monkey off their back. After losing an early lead late in the first half, the Indians responded with a score early in the second and held their ground, finishing with a 2-1 victory over Molalla at home for their first win of the young season.

Junior midfielder Lauren Frank opened up the scoring for Scappoose, who was again without goalkeepers Jessica Dykes and Alix Raya, who are out with injuries.

Molalla came back in the 20th minute when Kelsey Brandt struck from just outside the 18 yard box and lofted the ball over Scappoose keeper Makayla Davis and into the back of the net.

The Tribe would take their final lead just minutes into the second half. Sophomore Lucy Davidson sent in a corner kick, which found the head of Elanor Jones for the score. Scappoose had several chances as the second half continued, including a cross from Davidson in the 67th minute that only just missed a host of Tribe boots.

Coach Nicholas Heffernan was pleased with his girls' efforts, saying he thinks this victory can be a foundation for later success.

“This is what they understand we need to do for the season now,” said Heffernan. “They worked their butts off the whole preseason and summer, and this is a good 'well done' for them.”

Note: Dykes, who fractured a wrist in practice while attempting a save, should be back on the field in three to four weeks. Raya's condition will most likely sideline her for the remainder of her senior season. Raya was kicked in the temple during the opening game at LaSalle, and suffered damage to her neck as well as a concussion.

For more updated coverage of this event, see the Sept. 20 issue of the Spotlight, and check back later this evening.