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Scappoose boys' soccer still in playoff hunt

The Tribe needs to win two of their final three, or get a loss from Banks to clinch a berth.


by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Scappoose midfielder Trevor Smith looks to shoot from just outside the 18 yard box against Tillamook on Oct. 9. Smith and teammate Asa Flanagan have been especially dangerous on the offensive end for the Indians as they look to qualify for this year's playoff tournament.With three matches left on their schedule, the Scappoose boys' soccer team has a chance to make the post season and finish off an incredible turn around from last season's campaign.

With a resurgent program, it can be difficult to remember the team who sported a 1-5-1 record at this point last season. The Indians (3-2-2, 11 points) are four points clear of fourth-place Banks, with whom they have split the season series, and if Scappoose can hang on to their current position, they'll be in the play-in round in just the second year for head coach Scott Stanton.

The road isn't exactly easy. Scappoose plays Yamhill-Carlton (0-7, zero points) this afternoon, but will finish off their season against first-place Astoria (7-0, 21 points) and second-place Tillamook (5-1-1, 16 points).

Banks, on the other hand, will face the bottom two teams in Yamhill-Carlton and Seaside (1-4-2, 5 points), as well as Tillamook. In lieu of examining every possible scenario for how the season could finish, it's much easier to simply say that the Indians control their own destiny.

In order for Banks to surpass the Indians, Scappoose has to get less than six points out of their next three games. The Braves are four points back and have chances get nine points before the season ends with two matches upcoming against teams below them in the standings, so Scappoose will need a pair of wins to clinch a spot.

Scappoose would need just one win to clinch a spot if Banks loses a match, most likely to second-place Tillamook on Oct. 24.

For now, though, that fate is in the Indians' hands.

Cowapa League Boys' Soccer

Astoria 7-0, 21 points

Tillamook 5-1-1, 16 points

Scappoose 3-2-2, 11 points

Banks 2-4-1, 7 points

Seaside 1-4-2, 5 points

Yamhill-Carlton 0-7, 0 points