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Indians girls' soccer shoots for Cowapa League championship defense

Scappoose headed to Valley Catholic to help decide league title on Thursday

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Shayna Redpath (21) fires a shot past Banks junior forward Kim Jordan (1).The Indians hit the road for a major Cowapa League rematch with the No. 2 Valiants.

Scappoose (7-3-2 overall, 7-1 Cowapa League) was scheduled to play at Valley Catholic (9-3, 8-0), a winner of eight in a row including a defeat of third-ranked Gladstone, on Thursday in Beaverton, the results of which were unavailable at press time.

The Tribe rode a four-shutout streak since its 1-0 loss to the Valiants on Sept. 29 at Scappoose Middle School's Chinook Field.

"We're all so excited to play Valley and begin the postseason next week," said Mackenzie Ela, a junior midfielder.

The Cowapa League champion qualifies automatically for state.

Valley Catholic's 48 goals scored is fifth-most in the state, and the Indians' six goals allowed ties No. 9 North Bend and Sutherlin for third-fewest.

"We have a couple people on the team who are great at lightening the mood when we need it most," Scappoose coach Summer Jark said. "Every day you get to play soccer is truly a gift and something to be thankful for. They are a great group of girls."

The Valiants, against whom Class 4A's 2013 and 2015 state champion Tribe is 3-1-1 since they won Class 3A/2A/1A state in 2013 and joined the league in 2014, feature all-league talents in junior midfielder Taylor Menkens, junior goalkeeper Noelle Mannen and sophomore forward Kate MacNaughton.

The Indians bounced Valley Catholic from last year's semifinals.

On Tuesday, Scappoose sealed its third season sweep of the year with a 3-0 defeat of visiting Banks (5-5-2, 4-4). Ashley Baughman scored 21st- and 72-minute goals and Natalee Irwin connected in the 78th.

The Tribe also beat the host Braves 4-0 on Sept. 27, and Tuesday was the Indians' fourth shutout in a row and their eighth of the year.

"We get to play the game we love with 15 of our best friends," said Irwin, a Scappoose junior defender.

The Tribe can take its fourth season sweep as Astoria, from which the Indians have won the last seven meetings, comes to town at 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday.

The Fishermen's all-league stars are senior midfielder Jenna Rudolph, senior forward Daniela Garcia, junior goalkeeper Lexis Law and junior defender Claire Albright.

Cowapa League

League Overall GF GA Rank

Valley Catholic 8-0 9-3 48 11 2

Scappoose 7-1 7-3-2 44 6 13

Banks 4-4 5-5-2 21 24 23

Astoria 2-5-1 3-8-1 12 32 36

Seaside 2-5-1 2-8-2 12 33 33

Tillamook 0-8 0-12 5 83 40