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Walsh's header lifts Indians boys' soccer in Seven-Mile War

Lions led visiting Tribe 1-0 at halftime on Nett's header

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Indians junior Robby Walsh (4) celebrates his go-ahead goal in Scappoose's 2-1 Seven-Mile War win on Thursday, Sept. 1, at Doc Ackerson Stadium in St. Helens.It was a headstrong contest between the Indians and the Lions in the second boys' soccer Seven-Mile War on Thursday, Sept. 2, at Doc Ackerson Stadium in St. Helens.

Robby Walsh's header with 11 minutes left, fittingly, was the 2-1 clincher.

"They got that last clean goal," said Lions coach Bob Opperman, who got the series running last year. "We had a lot of opportunities, and so did they. We were running guys off the ball, but when we get tired it shrinks the field."

Jacob Hawkins implored his St. Helens side to take shots on the Tribe goal midway through the first half as both clubs were eager to score the first goal of the new season.

The Lions pressed the perimeter of the Indians' box and traded elbows until Conner Nett's header went in at the left of the goal for the 1-0 St. Helens advantage with 7:30 to halftime.

"We've been trying to get in and be physical to win more balls on the ground and in the air recently," said Nett, a senior forward. "It's been a focus at practice: That and taking our opportunities to shoot outside of 18 feet to get more shots in goal instead of always going for closer shots."

Scappoose was not happy at the break.

"We have to win the balls in the air," said Tribe senior Kevin Bachman at the break before coach Scott Stanton called for supporting runs from the forwards. "Do not foul."

Austin Schwalge's shot from the top of the Lions box found the back of the net for the equalizer off of Tyler Cooper's cross seven minutes into the second half.

"In the first half we were way too frantic and nervous even though we know we know how to play soccer," said Schwalge, a junior forward. "After being down 1-0, we were happy we got to go out in the second half and score two goals. We got our heads together and all realized it was our game and that we control it, so we came out and played how we play, calmed down and did what we came to do."

Robby Walsh's header from the left off of Cooper's next cross was the go-ahead with 11 minutes left.

"The biggest change that happened was our energy level changed," said Cooper, a senior midfielder. "We went from a frantic state of not knowing what to do into a more focused, controlled effort towards the game. Our players got more comfortable and confident on the ball and that's what led to our comeback."

St. Helens had a final chance on a cross in front of the Indians' goal with 30 seconds left, but the leaping kick sailed wide left and Scappoose survived.

The Indians won the first War at home on Alex Vargas' 65th-minute goal last year.

The Lions (0-2 overall) fell 3-2 to all-Mid-Willamette Conference junior midfielder Michael Davison and Dallas on Tuesday in St. Helens, and were scheduled to play at No. 5 Class 4A play-in round qualifier Astoria on Thursday, the results of which were unavailable at press time.

The Fishermen feature all-Cowapa League senior talents in defender Rafael Alcantar and midfielders Jorge Herrejon and Luis Herrejon.

The Tribe (1-0-1) played to a scoreless tie with No. 4 defending Far West League co-champion Brookings, back from the first round of state, on Saturday, Sept. 3, at Pleasant Hill High School, and are scheduled to play at Gladstone at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

The Gladiators include senior all-Tri-Valley Conference stars in defender Jessie Pummel, midfielder Keegan Reiley and goalkeeper Matthew Prom. as well as all-conference sophomore midfielder Josiah Bitter.

Scappoose Indians

Mike Reed, so.

Kevin Bachman, sr.

Jonathon Bachman, sr.

Robby Walsh, jr.

Jimmy Vanek, sr.

Blake Peterson, so.

Mason Wadington, sr.

Caden Verzino, jr.

Alex Varga, sr.

DJ Backus, fr.

Tyler Cooper, sr.

Grant Carpenter, sr.

Dylan Detroy, sr.

Ryan Ross, so.

JJ Hugo, jr.

Beau Groom, sr.

Scotty Cordell , sr.

Austin Schwalge, jr.

Cowapa League

Overall Goals scored Goals allowed OSAA rank

Tillamook 3-0 13 1 9

Scappoose 1-0-1 2 1 13

Seaside 1-1-1 5 5 25

Astoria 1-1 4 9 5

Valley Catholic 0-1-1 2 3 31

St. Helens Lions

Jacob Hawkins, sr., GK

Ethan Ward, so., F

Gabe Compton, jr., F

Regan Tolman, so., M

Jack Cook, sr., F

Kyle Parnell, fr., F

Alex Ramos, jr., F

Daniel Lujano, jr., D

Dallas Cameron, so., F

Conner Nett, sr., F

Pacey Littleton, jr., F

Aaron Navarro, so., D

Andrew Ziegler, sr., D

Carsten Gilje, sr., D

Greg Maywald, sr., M

Jacob Olson, sr., D

Carsten Hawkins, sr., D

Northwest Oregon Conference

Overall Goals scored Goals allowed OSAA rank

Wilsonville 2-0 4 1 3

Putnam 1-0 2 1 16

Parkrose 1-1 8 7 8

Milwaukie 1-1 5 2 19

Sandy 1-1 4 3 23

Hillsboro 0-1 1 4 21

La Salle Prep 0-1 0 1 29

St. Helens 0-2 3 5 31