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Indians girls' soccer still hard to break

Tribe stands up to No. 8 Brookings, Class 3A/2A/1A No. 2 Catlin Gabel

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians junior defender Emily Campos (12) fights Catlin Gabel senior Aliya Mahmoud (5) for a loose ball.SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians girls' soccer is never without admiration from the boys' team.Scorers will emerge for the state champion Indians, but their defense is strong as ever.

The Tribe gave Class 3A/2A/1A No. 6 Catlin Gabel (Portland) a single first-half goal on Tuesday at Scappoose Middle School after playing No. 8 Brookings to a scoreless draw in their season opener on Saturday, Sept. 3, at Pleasant Hill High School.

"I'm really proud of how we came back out in the second half [against Catlin Gabel]," Indians coach Summer Jark said. "I'd say we outplayed [all-state senior Siena Worthey and the Bruins, which Scappoose beat 5-0 for the state title] in the second half, and I was thinking we'd get one in the last 15 minutes."

The 13-time state champion and returning runner-up Eagles (4-0) scored at right 9:01 into the game, but Scappoose (0-1-1) could not answer all-state junior first-teamer Maya Fernandez-Powell and the counterattack.

Freshman Caroline Cook drove into the center of the Indians box with six minutes left in the second half, but Emma Jones came to the rescue and Alyssa Bakkensen cradled the ball for the save.

"Emma Jones is a great addition to our defense," said Bakkensen, a junior goalkeeper and one of nine players back from allowing six goals all of last season. "I'm very excited to have her as one of my center backs this year. All of our new players are putting in so much effort in practices, and they will be making a difference this season no matter what their roles may be."

Scappoose, up to No. 9 with Tuesday's effort, is scheduled to host Gladstone at 4:15 p.m. on Monday at Chinook Field.

Returning Tri-Valley Conference Co-Coach of the Year Greg Hess, all-conference seniors Rielee Jaekel and Hailee Harlan and all-conference junior Grace Campbell lead the three-time state champion Gladiators back from the second round.

"We can stay in shape and complete runs at our best every time and make recovery runs without giving up," said Alyssa Baird, an Indians junior midfielder. "The girls who play in the back are very familiar with the flat back four formation set up from being on varsity last year or from having [junior varsity head coach Amanda Darlak]."

Indians roster

Alyssa Bakkensen, jr., GK

Madalynn Hall, jr., D

Alyssa Baird, jr., M

Lauren Whisenhunt, so., M

Ashley Baughman, so., F

Faith Woodall, fr., F

Natalie Irwin, jr., D

Nicole Nicholas, sr., F

Emily Campos, jr., D

Sierra Stafford, so., M

Emma Jones, fr., D

Karlie Ragan, jr., M

Payton Fisher, so., M

Kaylyn Bradley, jr., D

Anne Morud, so., M

Sara Pieper, so., D/GK

Mackenzie Ela, jr., M

Shayna Redpath, so., D

Cowapa League

Overall Goals scored Goals allowed OSAA Rank

Astoria 1-1 1 6 32

Scappoose 0-1-1 0 1 9

Seaside 0-1-1 3 6 33

Valley Catholic 0-2 1 7 26

Tillamook 0-3 2 19 28