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Scappoose girls blank Valley Catholic for Cowapa League crown

Indians complete perfect regular season


SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Eleanor Jones (14) and the Class 4A No. 2-ranked Scappoose High School girls' soccer team beat 10th-ranked defending state champion Valley Catholic 5-0 for the Cowapa League title on Tuesday in Scappoose.The Class 4A No. 2 Scappoose High School girls' soccer team is right back where it loves to be.

The Indians blanked the 10th-ranked Valiants 5-0 to claim a perfect regular season and the Cowapa League championship.

Scappoose (14-0 overall, 10-0 Cowapa) is the only Class 4A team without even a tie.

"Ever since Valley Catholic came into our league, the goal has been beating them," Scappoose's Natalie Muth said. "We're loud and energetic, and we're ready to win in the postseason."

Valley Catholic (9-4-1 overall, 8-2 Cowapa) won the Class 3A/2A/1A state championship in 2013.

The Valiants tied the Indians 1-1 and took the second meeting 2-1 on the way to winning last year's Class 4A state title. Scappoose reached the semifinals.

"We've been vying for this all season," the Indians' Lucy Davidson said. "All 10 of our seniors remember how it felt to win the state championship in 2013. We have a lot of young girls on defense who are playing really well."

Scappoose sealed its ninth shutout of the regular season, and did not allow more than a goal in any game.

Tuesday's match quickly went Scappoose's way as Eleanor Jones scored on a through ball from Muth in the ninth minute.

Muth scored with the help of Lauren Frank's corner kick with 3:57 to halftime.

Valiants sophomore goalkeeper Noelle Mannen stopped Davidson's shot in the 50th minute, but Davidson connected on the rebound.

Frank, after being ridden down by defenders on a shot just outside the left post, converted a penalty kick.

Davidson split a pair of defenders at the left post with 9:04 to play.

"We wanted to get the league title back," Frank said. "It's about winning: We love to win, and it fuels us to play for each other. Our next goal is to win state. This was our first time playing on the football field. We usually play on the [Chinook] fields, so it was nice to have the fans here."

The Indians also defeated Seaside 8-0 on Oct. 22 in Seaside. Jones and Davidson scored three goals each.

The OSAA Class 4A State Championships are scheduled to begin on Wednesday, when the Indians will host an opponent to be determined.

The state title match is scheduled for Nov. 14 at Liberty High School in Hillsboro.