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Indians girls' soccer will begin state championship defense in play-in against Yamhill-Carlton on Thursday

Scappoose has reached first round in each of the last six years

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - Sierra Stafford (13) and the No. 13 Indians will begin their Class 4A state championship defense against 19th-ranked Yamhill-Carlton in the play-in round at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday at Scappoose Middle School's Chinook Field.The No. 13 Indians' run for back-to-back Class 4A state championships begins at home.

Scappoose (8-4-2 overall, 8-2 Cowapa League), the league runner-up, will host 19th-ranked Oregon West Conference third seed Yamhill-Carlton (5-3-6, 4-2-4) in the play-in round at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday at Chinook Field.

"It should be a really even match, but if we play to our best ability I think we have what it takes to beat them and move on to the playoffs," said Mackenzie Ela, a junior midfielder.

The Tribe ties No. 4 Cascade and fifth-ranked Gladstone with a fifth-fewest 14 goals allowed and has reached at least the quarterfinals — including its first title in 2013 — in each of the last six years.

"We're super excited," said Natalee Irwin, a junior defender.

The Tigers, who fought to six 1-1 ties after going winless last year, feature all-conference talents Alysha Dobash (junior midfielder), Jensyn Stanger (senior defender) and Megan Gaibler (junior defender).

"They tied Banks in preseason but tied Philomath, who is ranked decently high," Indians coach Summer Jark said. "It should be a good game, and hopefully we can come out strong and play the entire 80 minutes."

Scappoose got to this point as it beat Astoria 4-0 for their ninth shutout and their fourth season sweep in the regular-season finale on Tuesday at Chinook Field.

The Tribe could not, however, repeat as league champions as No. 2 Valley Catholic (11-3, 10-0) season-swept the Tribe 5-1 on Thursday, Oct. 20, in Beaverton.

The Indians and Tigers last met in 2013 before Yamhill-Carlton left the Cowapa for the Oregon West.

"It will be nice to play an unfamiliar face," Scappoose junior goalkeeper Alyssa Bakkensen said.

The winner will reach the first round on Nov. 1 against an opponent to be announced.

Yamhill-Carlton at Scappoose

Where: Chinook Field, Scappoose Middle School

When: 3:30 p.m. on Thursday

At stake: The Indians can reach at least the first round of state for the seventh year in a row

Cowapa League

League Overall GF GA Rank

1 Valley Catholic 10-0 11-3 61 12 2

2 Scappoose 8-2 8-4-2 49 11 13

3 Banks 5-4-1 6-5-3 25 26 24

4 Seaside 3-6-1 3-9-2 19 36 32

5 Astoria 2-6-2 3-9-2 13 37 35

6 Tillamook 0-10 0-14 5 97 40