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Girls soccer: Lucy Davidson invited to U-20 National Team camp

Lucy Davidson is one of just two players selected from the Pacific Northwest, and the only player from Oregon and Washington

Photo Credit: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Scappoose midfielder Lucy Davidson draws the atttention of four defenders during the Indians' win over La Salle on Sept. 9.The stage for Indian standout Lucy Davidson is about to get bigger. A lot bigger, in fact.

The US Soccer Federation announced the invitations to the Under-20 Women's Naitonal Team camp on Sept. 29.

The camp runs from Oct. 12 to Oct. 19 in Chula Vista, Calif., and will be overseen by the head of the U-20 WNT program, Michelle French. Davidson is the lone player from the state of Oregon to be invited to the camp, and is one of only two players selected from the Pacific Northwest.

Davidson has become an integral part of the Scappoose High School offense, which ranks fifth in the state across all four divisions of girls soccer. An anchor in the midfield and a huge part of why Scappoose brought home the first soccer title in school history a season ago, Davidson's main role is as a distributer, drawing the eyes of opposing defenses before laying the ball off to the wings.

Davidson scored a goal in the Indians' latest victory over Seaside described by head coach Nicholas Heffernan as something rarely seen at the high school level. Davidson took a cross from Natalie Muth in the center of the box, and sent it past the goalkeeper on a half volley — that is, catching the ball on her foot and firing without letting it hit the ground.

“I'm in awe of them sometimes,” Heffernan said, laughing. “I wish I could do that at that age.”

Davidson is slated as a defender on the U-20 roster, similar to the experience of former Scappoose star Ariel Viera, who was invited to the camp last fall after a stellar season with the University of Portland Pilots.

According to the US Soccer Federation release, this year's roster is geared toward preparing for the U-20 women's world cup in 2016, meaning few college players or even high school seniors have received an invitation.

Should Davidson make the trip, she'll miss just two league matches: a home tilt with Astoria on Oct. 14, and a road match against Tillamook on Oct. 16. Scappoose shouldn't need Davidson for those two contests, as the freshmen have stepped up and played well over the last few matches — that, and the Indians outscored the pair of sides by a 21-0 margin.

Davidson plays for FC Portland, one of the premiere clubs in the Portland area, in the offseason.

By John William Howard
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