With a win over Yamhill-Carlton and a four point lead over Banks, Scappoose still controls it's destiny.
They didn't score a goal in the second half, but it wasn't needed, as the Scappoose Boys' soccer team netted four scores in the first half on Tuesday afternoon, cruising past Yamhill-Carlton 4-1 and getting a step closer to clinching a playoff berth.
After a string of matches where the finish was down to the wire, head coach Scott Stanton said it was a relief to be in a position to rest some of his players in the second half.
It's a good result, he said. It's always good to get a win.
For the first 30 minutes, it seemed as if the two teams were headed for a draw. Yamhill-Carlton had a wide open shot rattle off the post in the early going, and neither squad could make any headway inside the attacking third.
It wasn't until the 31st minute that the floodgates opened.
Freshman Madison Waddington knocked in a goal from just outside the 18-yard box to give the Indians the 1-0 lead. Then sophomore Coltin Willard sent in a shot from the center of the pitch not 30 seconds later.
Next came Jesus Martinez, who took a long touch and chipped the ball over the oncoming goalkeeper in the 35th minute. Jack Aggar capped the scoring barrage in the 38th minute, taking a feed from Waddington and fighting through a hoard of defenders to give the Indians a 4-0 lead.
The score was an illusive one for the senior forward, who netted his first goal as a varsity player with just three regular season games left in his high school career.
The final 40 minutes saw many of the Indian starters on the bench, giving time for the second unit to see the playing field. The Tigers finally pulled one back on the boot of senior Jon Clark, who came across the penalty area and was able to get a shot past Tribe goalkeeper Isaac Hamm in the 44th minute.
Hamm has been a major success this season, his senior year, for Scappoose. Having won the position at the beginning of last year's outing, Hamm has improved his goalkeeping skills greatly, according to Stanton.
One of the big things we've been working with him on this year is catching the ball, said Stanton, who has been working with Hamm to catch the ball instead of parrying it away. That's been our big thing with him... when you get it, can you catch it and keep it in your hands so that you don't get the other team following up the shot and pressuring you to try and get that easy tap in.
Banks, who is still in contention with the Indians for the third and final playoff spot in the Cowapa league, picked up a win over Seaside to remain in the hunt. Up next, Scappoose will host league-leading Astoria on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 4:15 p.m.