Indians have moments in both league matches but can't pick up win
by: John Brewington  HIGH HEADER—Scappoose’s Asa Flanagan goes high for a header during last week’s Cowapa League match with Astoria. The Indians ended up losing 4-1.

The Scappoose Indians played some decent soccer against Tillamook and Astoria last week, but in the end were unable to notch a win.

Tuesday the Tribe was at Tillamook and was able to hold the home team to a 0-0 score through the first half before losing 3-0.

'It wasn't until the 50th minute that the Cheesemakers snuck in a goal on a counter attack,' Scappoose coach Bob Deuker said. Just 10 minutes later, both teams sat for 30 minutes after the lights went out in the stadium.

'It was tough for our kids to regroup after the game was delayed and we never got our intensity back,' Deuker noted.

'We came out flat and gave up a goal in the 70th minute on a 50/50 ball we misjudged at the half line. Tillamook's all-league player, Jhoany Mendoza took the ball forward and scored on an 18-yard blast.

Scappoose pressed and would have several scoring opportunities, including a shot by Tyler Muir that hit the cross bar. In the closing seconds, Tillamook got something of a fluke goal off a shot from 35 yards out that bounced off a defender.

'I was very impressed with the level of intensity we had and the desire everyone showed to work for each other,' Deuker said. Scappoose had six shots on goal to 11 for Tillamook, just one corner shot, to two for Tillamook, and eight saves versus three for the 'Mooks.

Two days later, the Indians hosted Astoria at the Scappoose Middle School.

The Indians also got off to a good start against Astoria.

'We played incredible,' Deuker said. 'We caught them off guard with our pressure and again maintained possession of the ball. The only shot on goal for Astoria in the first 15 minutes was off a cross that was headed in.'

Scappoose would respond just five minutes later with a goal of their own on a header from Nick Nguyen. Jesus Martinez put the ball in play on a corner kick.

Astoria went to their typical possession style of game, Deuker noted, and would finish with a 4-1 win.

Scappoose was caught off balance and gave up two more goals in the half. Astoria's Dylan Crownover got his fourth goal of the match in the second half.

'Defensively we were out of synch and after their third goal we lost composure,' the coach said. 'Offensively, we had a great match but we have to be able to compete for the entire 80 minutes, especially against one of the top teams in the state.'

Astoria had 13 shots on goal to six for Scappoose. Scappoose had one corner kick and Astoria two. Scappoose had nine saves to six for Astoria.

Scappoose was to host Banks on Tuesday and Seaside on Thursday this week.

Jayvee note: The Scappoose Jayvees suffered their first loss of the season to Astoria, 6-0. The team is 2-1-2 on the season.

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