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