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Girls soccer: Scappoose heads to quarterfinals with 5-1 win over Klamath Union

Goals from Isabel Jory, Eleanor Jones, Lucy Davidson and a brace from Natalie Muth send Scappoose to the 'quarters


Photo Credit: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Scappoose junior Eleanor Jones makes a run midway through the second half. Jones scored the go-ahead goal for the Indians in the 29th minute.Klamath Union took an early lead, but couldn't hold on and faded down the stretch as Scappoose scored five unanswered goals on Tuesday, punching their ticket to the quarterfinal round of the Class 4A girls state tournament.

The visiting Pelicans, who made the trip after shutting out Mazama 3-0 in the play-in round a few days prior, jumped on top in the fourth minute on a goal from junior midfielder Tori Dykstra.

For the Scappoose players, who had trailed only a handful of times all season and were looking to defend their 2013 state title, the first goal served as a shock to their system. Tribe junior Isabel Jory knocked in a goal from close range midway through the first half to draw the Indians level, but the girls in white shirts didn't snag the momentum until a few minutes later, when center back Emily Muth took a hard foul on the near sideline as the ball was going out of bounds.

Junior striker Eleanor Jones, always amped from the first whistle, was particularly juiced by the knock.

“We all love each other, and that's what makes us successful. It's kind of a wake-up call when one of your leaders is, you know, in a bad spot. We don't like that,” Jones said. “We're not good with that, so I got a little heated up about it. Everyone got a little heated up about it, but we were good at translating it to our play and not just getting mentally weak.”

Muth came off the field for several minutes, and it was just the boost Scappoose needed. Shortly thereafter, Mackenzie Ela lobbed a cross into Jones who directed the ball into the back of the net to give Scappoose a 2-1 lead.

Three minutes later, Natalie Muth charged forward into the box, leapt over the Klamath Union goalkeeper's attempted save and fired into the top right corner from the end line as Pelican junior Paige Anocibar lay motionless on the turf.

She'd take another knock midway through the second half. After Natalie Muth scored her second of the match in the 50th minute — again, firing across the face of the goal — Lucy Davidson broke away from the Pelicans' back line and had just enough space to take a final touch before colliding with Anocibar and watching as the ball bounced in between the posts to give the Indians their final 5-1 advantage.

In spite of the strong finish, second-year head coach Nicholas Heffernan is still a little nervous at the beginning of matches, especially as the pressure starts to rise.

“There's a click, and as much as we do a warm up or we talk about it on the bus or in practice, it has been every single game — slow start,” Heffernan said. “It happened against Valley Catholic. It took the first score for us to go 'woah! Now we can start playing again,' and then it happened [today].”

Jones, as usual, had her own personal spin.

“We've been talking about it a lot, and I think it kind of clicked today how it can affect us. It's not someone who we can roll over — well,” Jones said, looking at the scoreboard, “I guess it was, but it's not always going to be someone you can beat so easily. There are some times the first goal scored wins, you know what I mean?”

Heffernan says he plans on changing a few things ahead of the Indians next match, which will be against Henley on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. Because of continuing muddy conditions at Chinook Field, the match will be played on the turf at La Salle High School in Milwaukie. Five goals from four players in four different ways has Heffernan confident in the Indians' chances, as long as they can shake off the rust without conceding a score.

“The variety, I love. Found our wings well, got a lot of balls into the box, got a lot of opportunities and again, it could be seven, eight, nine, 10. Another learning curve for us. We have to take our chances, especially against the next couple of teams we're going to play against.”

Scappoose advances to the state quarterfinals for the fifth consecutive season. A win would put the Indians into the semifinals for the third time in five years.

Tournament Preview

In what is one of the largest upsets of the year in Oregon girls' soccer, No. 17 Banks managed to knock off second-seeded and undefeated Molalla on Tuesday. And while it's not quite as big, Cascade got a 2-1 upset of seventh-seeded La Grande meaning a tenth-seed will host a 15-seed in the second round.

On the other side of the bracket, Valley Catholic will host Philomath — the only team to beat Molalla in the regular season, though the 3-1 victory was wiped away by a forfeit — on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. The Valiants, who stole the Cowapa League title from Scappoose in the final match of the regular season, thumped Elmira 5-0 in the first round.

Gladstone and Sisters is the final match, pitting the top-ranked Outlaws against one of the state's more consistent contenders from the last several seasons.

SUMMARY

OSAA 4A First Round

Liberty High School, Hillsboro

Scappoose 5, Klamath Union 1

KLAM 1 0 — 1

SCAP 3 2 — 5

Goals:

KLAM — Tori Dykstra 4'

SCAP — Isabel Jory (Madison Verzino) 23'

SCAP — Eleanor Jones (Mackenzie Ela) 29'

SCAP — Natalie Muth (Unassisted) 32'

SCAP — Natalie Muth (Davidson) 50'

SCAP — Davidson (Unassisted) 56'

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