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Boys soccer: Indians shut out at Crescent Valley, use loss as motivation

Scappoose falls 3-nil to Crescent Valley on the road, part of a five-game road swing that ends on Oct. 16


The Scappoose boys finally saw their unbeaten run come to an end, following a tough three-nil loss on the road to Class 5A Crescent Valley to continue off a five-game midseason road trip.

“It was a great match against a great opponent,” said head coach Scott Stanton. “They played a fantastic possession style of soccer and moved the ball around well, lots of 1 and 2-touch passing, great pace, and fantastic movement off the ball.”

It's just the second time all season in which the Indians have given up three goals or more, the first coming in a 4-3 loss to the top-ranked small school in the state, OES, on Sept. 18. Crescent Valley, who the Indians were forced to add to the schedule when Banks dropped their boys program for the season, is ranked fourth in Class 5A, providing a stiff test for the Indians after an unprecedented stretch of success in league play.

Unfortunately for Scappoose, the weather played into the hands of the Raiders in the opening minutes of the match. Crescent Valley had a shot in the first five minutes that senior Isaac Hamm would normally have saved, but the weather made for wet paws and a difficult capture. The ball dropped right to the boot of an oncoming Raider for an easy go-ahead score.

Crescent Valley continued the push, and scored another pair of goals over the next few minutes to take a 3-0 lead, and for the first time since Sept. 11, the Indians found themselves staring at a deficit in the first half.

Scappoose had a pair of chances in the first half after reeling from the early barrage, but neither brought about a result for the Indians on a two corner kicks. The second 40 minutes saw vast improvement on the defensive end, but still left Scappoose without a score.

“Now that we know what it feels like to be shutout, we're using that as motivation to never let it happen again and start tallying our own clean sheets,” Stanton said, pointing out that in seven matches the Indians have held their opponent to a single goal on two occasions, but never kept the ball out of the back of the net altogether.

The challenge for Scappoose, combined with what Stanton said was the “most hospitable opponent I've ever gone against” made for an excellent outing for the Indians, who will return to league play on the road against Seaside on Oct. 2 before a road game against Valley Catholic on Oct. 7.

“It was a great experience for us, playing the (then number three)-ranked 5A team in the state and I don't feel as though the boys have anything to be disappointed in,” said Stanton. “They were a quality side and I expect them to do well in the postseason.”

SUMMARY

Crescent Valley 3, Scappoose 0

SCAP 0 0 — 0

CRES 3 0 0

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