I was excited to see the Scappoose soccer team get challenged yesterday.
Well, that didn’t happen.
As I was tweeting an update of the first score, I heard the crowd start cheering. I immediately looked up toward the Brookings-Harbor goal to see who was going to score the next Indian goal. Normally when the crowd makes noise, it’s because Scappoose is about to score or a ball is going into the highway.
I think that’s because in the seven previous home games this year, other teams had scored two goals while Scappoose had put in 52. If you watch this team long enough, you become trained that noise = Scappoose scoring opportunity.
But this was a Scappoose opponent – Brookings-Harbor – harboring the ball inside the Indians’ 18-yard box. Alix Raya challenged the ball and made a save, but couldn’t corral the ball. It squirted loose to a Bruin player who sent a shot toward goal. It looked like it was going to go in and we were going to have a contest.
It went just over the cross bar.
That shot came with about 30:45 showing on the clock. Then at 30:06 Scappoose scored. Again at 28:16, 26:38, 26:00, 24:04, and at 21:09, defender Meagan Peckover gave the Indians a 7-0 lead.
So much for the challenge.
Molly Orr said one of the reasons the team was able to score that many goals was because “we didn’t panic, we usually panic.” When asked why they panic when they’re normally ahead by a half-dozen goals at halftime, she wasn’t really sure but insisted it happens.
Scappoose coach Chris Dorough thought if that first shot from B-H would have gone in, it would have been a different game.
“Offensively they’re good. They’re athletic. It’s a different game if we don’t get all those goals. If they make that one and it’s 1-1, it’s a whole different game,” Dorough said after the game.
So instead of a playoff challenge, Scappoose was stuck with a score similar to that of its Cowapa League games. The kind of score that leaves you rooting for the other team to at least get one in.
After the Bruins missed the shot 10 minutes into the game, they didn’t muster another shot until they were down seven goals. After that, I believe Raya touched the ball once more. She sat the second half and Taylor Tull played goalkeeper in the second half. I believe she also touched the ball twice. I’d estimate about 90 percent of the game was played in Brookings-Harbor territory, and probably about 50 percent of it inside their 18-yard box.
Meanwhile seven Indians scored and five Indians recorded at least two assists. All this against a team that had outscored its opponents 77-18 on the season entering the game.
So the Indians will have to wait until Saturday to be tested again. It’ll be the first real challenge for the Indians since a 3-0 loss to Oregon Episcopal. By the time Scappoose kicks off against La Salle, 50 days will have elapsed since that game.
Hopefully it’ll be interesting.
Then again, if it’s not, Scappoose can work on other, more trivial things – like getting goals for Orr, Natalie Muth and Lucy Davidson. If those three each score once, Scappoose will have six players in double figures for the season. Or they could try getting Julia Grabhorn and Ariel Viera a couple of assists apiece. They both have eight, while five of their teammates are in double figures.
Obviously team success is more important than individual accolades, but man, those are crazy stats. And if my prediction of a challenge Saturday is as accurate as my prediction of a challenge last night, they'll have plenty of opportunities to pad those stats.