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Lady Indians' soccer still perfect in league

A hat trick from Lucy Davidson and a brace from Eleanor Jones ensure a dominant victory for Scappoose.


by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Lauren Frank (11) and senior center back Emily Muth (4) surround Yamhill-Carlton's Carly Christian in the first half of the Tribe's 7-0 victory over the visiting Tigers on Tuesday afternoon.The Lady Indians got things done early on Tuesday evening, scoring all their goals in the first half to race past Yamhill-Carlton 7-0 and remain undefeated in league play. Scappoose (4-3, 3-0 Cowapa) got a hat trick from sophomore Lucy Davidson and a brace from sophomore striker Eleanor Jones, as well as stout defense throughout the match for their second consecutive shutout of the season.

The pair of goals for Jones came seemingly back to back off a pair of set pieces in the 32nd and 33rd minutes. It was a reward for her hard work pressuring the Tiger defense, but the real work was done in practice in the days leading up to the match.

“Yesterday we went through half an hour of set pieces,” said Tribe head coach Nic Heffernan. “I said to them 'if I get there before all of you, you've got to do fitness.' So I scored two in a row, and they had to do fitness.”

Heffernan saw an immediate change in the mindset of his players, and they began to be much more aggressive in attacking the ball, which led to positive results against Yamhill-Carlton.

In addition to success on set pieces, the Indians were stingy on defense, hardly letting the Tigers into their defensive third for the first ten minutes and allowing few chances for the first half. Essential to that defensive line is the play of senior center back Emily Muth. Early in the season, Muth would retreat when an opposing player attacked, but now she steps forward and attacks the ball.

by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Scappoose sophomore striker Eleanor Jones takes aim during the first half of the Tribe's 7-0 victory over Yamhill-Carlton. Jones scored twice in the opening half.“She's improved immensely in that,” said Heffernan.

In the second half, Muth moved to the striker position, replacing Jones who spent most of the second half on the bench as the Indians rested their players. Heffernan said the move was to give Muth a better feel for how things play out on the attacking side of the field so she can better serve her teammates from the center back spot.

“When I moved her forward, I wanted to get her movement better and more of an understanding of the game,” said Heffernan. “Like I said (at the start of the season), I want to play out from the back. Putting her up top gives her an idea of how her defense is moving from that angle.”

Muth displayed the same aggressive attitude as an attacking player as she does when playing defense. Whistled for one offsides call and narrowly missing another, Muth rattled a shot off the crossbar from the left side of the 18 yard box midway through the second half, and continued to play up front even after many of the starters returned late in the period.

Experience all over the field was the biggest pick up for the Indians in the match, according to Heffernan, who was glad to get some of his younger players time on the field, especially those that played junior varsity last season.

The game also featured a half of playing time each for goalkeepers MaKayla Davis and Samantha Darr, something Heffernan said was a glad sight. In addition, Jessica Dykes, who was injured a few weeks ago during practice, is set to return some time next week and will practice as early as Oct. 2.

The Indians next face off against Astoria High School at home on Oct. 3.