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Girls soccer: Scappoose battles Henley for semifinal berth

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Scappoose and Henley will kick off at La Salle High School just after 1 p.m.


Few teams in Oregon girls' soccer have enjoyed the same level of success as the Scappoose Indians over the last five seasons. Five league titles, five quarterfinal berths, three trips to the state semifinals and the first state championship in program history are enough to attest for that, adding piece after piece to the Tribe's already overflowing trophy case.

Today, they'll have a chance at another step toward dynasty status. Henley travels north from Klamath County to battle Scappoose on the turf at La Salle High School, kicking off just after 1 p.m. in Milwaukie.

Like Scappoose, Henley has been to the title game just once in their history. Unfortunately for the Hornets, it happened to be near the beginning of Brian Grant's 11-year championship streak with Catlin Gabel from 1994 to 2004 and Henley fell 5-0.

And like Scappoose, Henley has also been there, done that. The Hornets have been to the quarterfinals twice in the last five seasons, losing to Gladstone in 2010 and Sisters in 2011, followed by a first-round exit in 2013.

The Hornets are the champions from the Skyline Conference, tallying 29 goals through 14 matches. They rank 18th on offense in Class 4A, a group championed by the unbelievable numbers from Brookings-Harbor and North Bend, who scored 92 and 93 goals respectively. Scappoose ranks fifth in comparison with 67 goals, but is tied for first among active teams with only six goals allowed all season long.

Henley has let in just 11 goals, nine of which came during a brutal 0-3 opening stretch to the season. They were shut out 3-0 by St. Mary's, shut out by Ashland 4-0 and lost a close 2-1 match to current No. 1 Sisters. Since then, they've been next to perfect. The Hornets let in a goal during a 1-0 loss to Mazama, their only loss in league play, and gave up another score to the Vikings on Oct. 16.

One last similarity between the two sides for this quarterfinal: they're both young. It's unusual to see a team like Scappoose make such a run in the playoffs with just three seniors, but Henley has only four seniors on their varsity roster. Scappoose has seven freshman to Henley's five.

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