Scappoose boys take aim at state playoffs
Indians will host North Valley in play-in round on Friday
David Bradley's first career goal helped the Scappoose High School boys' soccer team clinch the second Class 4A Cowapa League seed on Tuesday in Beaverton.
The Indians tied 1-1 with Valley Catholic in their regular season finale.
The draw guaranteed the Indians (5-6-3 overall, 4-3-1 Cowapa) an OSAA Class 4A State Championships home play-in match against North Valley at 4 p.m. on Friday.
"We want redemption in our play-in game, and I want to win state," the Indians' Ian Donaldson said. "It's my senior year, and I want to do what I can."
The state title match is scheduled for Nov. 14 at Liberty High School in Hillsboro.
Scappoose won the Cowapa League title and reached the first round of the state playoffs last season.
The Indians could not pull within a game of Seaside for the Cowapa League title on Thursday, Oct. 22, in Scappoose.
The Seagulls escaped with a 1-0 decision.
"This was for the league championship, basically," Indians coach Scott Stanton said. "We had quicker guys up top for a counterattack, and we could have created more from open play. Our corner kicks were good, but they'd possess and try to isolate. They're bigger than us. When we play them, they basically shove us off the ball."
Seaside (10-3 overall, 7-1 Cowapa) avenged Oct. 1's 1-0 loss to the Tribe in Seaside.
Scappoose took its third 1-0 loss of the year.
The Indians pushed the sidelines for deep runs, but the Seagulls' Jackson Januik curved a 29th-minute shot over Tribe keeper Peyton Gibbs' head.
"They just caught me off my line," Gibbs said. "We were in control for most of the game, but we have little moments of miscommunication. The want to win was a lot higher than it's been all season. This was by far the hardest this team has played."
Donaldson's 53rd-minute header drew the center of the top bar off of Seaside keeper Jarrett Coughlin's glove.
"I should've had that," Donaldson said. "(Coughlin) was to the right of me, but a guy scooted in from the right and deflected it."
Justin Hugo's 66th-minute shot in front of the goal could not escape Coughlin's reach.JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT