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Womens' soccer: Two Indians commit to University of Portland

Sophomores Lucy Davidson and Natalie Muth have committed to play soccer at the University of Portland


by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Left to right: New University of Portland commits Lucy Davidson and Natalie Muth will join former Indian and current Pilot defender Ariel Viera in the fall of 2016.Natalie Muth and Lucy Davidson, both sophomores at Scappoose High School, have committed to play soccer at the University of Portland after their graduation in 2016.

Both players were essential pieces in the 2013 Class 4A girls state championship, the first in school history, and both play for Pilots' head coach Garret Smith on his club team, FC Portland.

Tribe head coach Nicholas Heffernan, who coached the team to a title in his first year, said it was a mark of the talent, hard work and preparation the pair put in on a daily basis.

“I'm very proud of both of them,” he said. “Talent alone doesn't get you in to a program like (The University of Portland).”

Davidson and Muth will follow in the footsteps of Scappoose alumnus Ariel Viera, who currently starts for the Pilots on defense. Heffernan said it will be great for both the Pilots and Scappoose, which has suddenly become a standout program with three Indians on one of the best collegiate women's soccer teams in the country.

There are currently three former FC Portland players on the Pilots' roster, including Viera, and FC Portland is littered with Scappoose names. In addition to Davidson and Muth, sophomores Lauren Frank, Madison Verzino and Eleanor Jones all play for the club, which has seen higher numbers reach the University of Portland squad in recent years.