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Whew! Lady Indians win nail biter

Tribe ousts La Salle in OT shoot-out; advances to semis


by: JOHN BREWINGTON - The Scappoose Lady Indians enjoy a well-deserved group hug (above) and celebration after edging La Salle Saturday in an overtime game. The Tribe girls led much of the match, but La Salle evened the score late in regulation. Neither team could score in overtime and the game went to penalty kicks.The Scappoose Lady Indians advanced to the 4A girls soccer semifinals Tuesday with a nerve-wracking 2-1 win over La Salle on Saturday afternoon. It was a match that went into overtime and finally to penalty kicks to determine the winner.

UPDATE: Scappoose was eliminated from the 4A soccer playoffs by Gladstone on Tuesday, 4-1.

The Lady Indians dominated Saturday’s game at times, but they were up against the most physical opponent they had seen since the start of league play, 11 games earlier.

“It didn’t go as I thought it would,” Scappoose Coach Chris Dorough said. “We knew it would be tough. It had been a long time time since we’d seen a high quality team—since preseason. It really makes you nervous.”

The match made everyone playing or watching on both sides nervous, particularly over the last hour or so.

by: JOHN BREWINGTON - The Scappoose Lady Indians enjoy a well-deserved group hug (above) and celebration after edging La Salle Saturday in an overtime game. The Tribe girls led much of the match, but La Salle evened the score late in regulation. Neither team could score in overtime and the game went to penalty kicks.Early on, Scappoose seemed to take control. Ariel Viera got her 116th goal of her career less than five minutes into the match. The Lady Indians nursed that lead for much of the contest, but with 14 minutes remaining in regulation La Salle earned the game-tying score. Just a few minutes later, they nearly scored what might have been the game winner, but the Tribe fought off the attempt.

“We’ve been tested at times,” Dorough said, “but not for a full game like that. La Salle plays in a tough league and is used to it. It taught us you can’t slack off, you can’t take five minutes off. It’s a good lesson to learn that you have to play the whole 80 minutes.”

Dorough noted that the Lady Indians had numerous shots on goal, including one penalty kick that hit the cross bar. They got the ball in scoring range several times but couldn’t finish.

“It was a very physical battle for every ball,” the coach noted. “They made sure we couldn’t get through and played hard, but for the most part within the rules. The refs did a good job. We haven’t had that physical a game since we played OES and Gladstone.”

“The message to our girls is that even if we didn’t play particularly well, we got the win and moved on. This is what it takes. It was a good effort and we played well as a team. We’re still alive and we know what it takes,” he added.

With the score tied at the end of regulation, the game went into two 10-minute halves. It looked like the Tribe had scored with just 3:34 remaining in the second half of the OT. However, the referees ruled Lucy Davidson’s corner kick had come in from out of bounds and was disallowed.

With no score in the OT halves, the game went to a penalty shoot-out. Each team gets five penalty kicks and the one with the most wins. If there is no winner, it goes to one goal at a time under sudden death.

Scappoose goal keeper Taylor Tull came in for the Tribe. She had sat out the game with Alix Raya in goal, but Dorough said she wanted to do it.

“Taylor did an amazing job,” Dorough said. “She’s tall and lanky and she’s a senior. She wanted to be there. We practice penalty kicks a lot in practice and she does a great job.”

Scappoose would make their first four goals—Lucy Davidson, Molly Orr, Ariel Viera, and Natalie Muth all scored. Then Tull picked off the fourth La Salle PK. Freshman Eleanor Jones stepped up next, but the shot was right at the La Salle keeper. The Lady Indians would have won right there, but they were still alive.

Emily Muth then scored for Scappoose, and Tull stopped another La Salle attempt. Cassidy Hoglund drilled in the game winner, and the Tribe celebrated, particularly Jones.

Dorough said he used three freshmen in the shoot-out, but felt Scappoose may have had the depth and experience edge over La Salle.

Another good note for Scappoose was that junior forward Charlie Davidson will probably play Tuesday. It appeared she had a serious ankle injury during OT Saturday, but it turned out to be a “very, very cramped calf,” the coach said.

Gladstone semifinal

This will be the second time this season the Lady Indians have faced Gladstone and the second time on their home field.

The two met in the second game of the season on Sept. 13. Scappoose eked out a 1-0 win with just 14 seconds left in the match.

“They had come close to scoring with two minutes to go,” Coach Chris Dorough said, “and we took the ball down and scored right afterwards.”

The final four in the playoffs are the same four teams Dorough said he expected to see—Mazama, Scappoose, Gladstone, and Philomath. They are ranked in that order.

Last year, the Lady Indians were eliminated in the playoffs at Gladstone on their turf field. This time the game is on the grass at Scappoose.

“I think turf is to their advantage, their game suits turf—they have two strong forwards and the defense gets the ball to them quickly,” Dorough said. He thought playing on the grass was more to Scappoose’s advantage.

The Glads have Amber Jensen, last year’s Player of the Year. In their last meeting, Ariel Viera marked her on defense, and kept her in check. Dorough said he was still debating his strategy going into the game.

The winner of the game will meet the winner of the Philomath at Mazama match on Saturday at Liberty High School. If Scappoose advances it will be their longest and only road trip of the playoffs.