A 2-1 victory over the Gladiators sends the Indians to the 4A semi-finals with La Salle.
The Indians got goals from sophomores Lucy Davidson and Natalie Muth in the first half, and though they lost their starting goalkeeper in the final frame, Scappoose was able to band together and hold on for a 2-1 win over Gladstone. Scappoose will host the La Salle Falcons on Tuesday afternoon in the 4A semi-finals.
The victory over the Gladiators breaks a string of two consecutive playoff losses to Gladstone, but the berth in the state semi-finals came at a cost: sophomore keeper Jessica Dykes. Minutes after making a save on a penalty kick, Dykes took a foot to the head and was carried off the field on a stretcher. Head coach Nicholas Heffernan doesn't expect her to return for the remainder of the playoffs.
Before Dykes came off, though, she made perhaps her best save all season long. Reading the shot correctly every step of the way, Dyke dove to her right and parried the ball wide.
Only a few minutes later Dykes came off her line, advancing to make yet another save, when something – either a foot, a knee or the ball itself, made contact with her head. Dykes dropped limply to the pitch, according to her teammates, who stood helpless just 15 yards away. She lay flat on her back where she had fallen, and after several tense minutes was lifted into an ambulance wearing a neck brace.
Shaken, the Indians gathered near midfield, waiting for the restart with sophomore Sam Darr in at goalkeeper.
For Jessie, they shouted.
And for Jessie they did. Scappoose withstood several furious attempts at an equalizer from Gladstone as things began to get chippy, but the defense held and the Indians finally got their revenge from several years of disappointment via the Gladiators.
I've never seen a team that wanted it more than that team said Heffernan, pointing at the huddle of Indians celebrating together after the match. And they deserved it. It was everything from the beginning of August till now. All that feeling, hard work, that determination just released.
Muth, who put Scappoose up 2-0 in the 17' when she lept high above the rest of the field and headed in a corner from Lauren Frank, said it was a powerfully emotional win for the team.
It motivated us a lot more having her behind us and supporting us. We wanted to (win it) for her because she saved our butts with that PK and she deserved it, said Muth.
As expected, the fans turned out in droves. Quieted with the injury to Dykes, the audience came to life as the Indians pulled out countless defensive stops down the stretch, ending the half having only allowed one shot in the final 26 minutes.
It means so much to the girls and myself to have that support and that noise, said Heffernan. You could hear it over (on the bench). Every time we'd win a tackle, they'd clap. Every time we had a shot they'd clap. Every time (Gladstone) had a shot, you'd hear the (Heffernan makes a gasping noise). It's just unbelievable.
Heffernan is honing in on his goal of taking the girls to the state championship, and now needs just a win over La Salle to advance to the Class 4A final on Nov. 16. For now, he is content to relish in a win that was a long time coming for the Indians.
They'll never forget this, he said. No matter what happens next, they'll never forget this day.
Game time for Tuesday's semi-final match is still to be determined, but the match will most likely kick off a 2 p.m. Information will be posted once it is made available by Scappoose High School.
At Chinook Field, Scappoose
Scappoose 2 0 – 2
Gladstone 1 0 – 1
First half – 1, Scappoose, Davidson (penalty kick), 13th minute. 2, Scappoose, N. Muth (Frank), 17th minute. 1, Gladstone, Schumaker (Entrambadaguas), 35th minute
Second half – None.