Natalie Muth scores only goal of the match with just 14 seconds remaining

by: JOHN BREWINGTON - Scappoose's Natalie Muth blows over the Glads' Kendall Schumaker during Thursday's 1-0 win. Muth scored the only goal of the match.For the last three years, Scappoose and Gladstone have had some killer girls’ soccer matches and last Thursday’s game was no exception.

The two teams battled through a 0-0 tie for most of contest before Natalie Muth drilled the game-winner into an open net. Muth took a cross over the Gladstone goalie from Eleanor Jones and volleyed it into the net at the far post with just 14 seconds remaining.

The last time the two clubs met was in the 4A state playoffs at Gladstone and the Gladiators pulled off a 3-0 win. They’d played earlier in the season and the Lady Indians had recorded a 2-1 win. Gladstone went on to win the state championship.

With the grass trimmed closer this week at the new field near the Scappoose Middle School and the sun heating things up on a late-summer day, the match was hard-fought the entire way.

“I thought we did a great job limiting their opportunities, while creating many of our own,” Scappoose Coach Chris Dorough said. “Both teams had several good looks, but the keepers came up big.”

Dorough kept usually-high-scoring Ariel Viera on defense in the backfield much of the match to mark Gladstone’s Amber Jensen, the 4A Player of the Year last season. It made a big difference in limiting Gladstone’s opportunities. Viera moved up front later in the match.

“I thought we played with a lot of heart in the heat, and as the game went on we got stronger and started to play smarter,” Dorough added. “Ariel did a great job on the back line, especially when one of our starters went down. Lucy (Davidson) and Emily (Muth) did a great job in the center of the park and really controlled the game well.”

He was pleased with the two wins the Tribe girls have posted in two home matches. Those wins have boosted Scappoose to 2-0 and a No. 5 ranking in the early OSAA power rankings. Gladstone slipped to seventh. Both teams have pretty strong schedules and will boost each other in the rankings over the course of the season.

“(Being) 2-0 is great at home and now we will see what kind of team we are on the road against two good teams next week.”

The Indians travel to perennial power Molalla on Tuesday, and then Thursday play at 3A/2A/1A defending champion Oregon Episcopal School.

The team starts a double-round robin of Cowapa League play the following Monday, Sept. 24, hosting Banks. On Thursday, Sept. 27 they host Seaside.

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