The sky absolutely opened up at the start of the Milwaukie vs. Scappoose girls soccer game on Wednesday, Oct. 6.
And then the Indians did the same to the Mustangs.
Scappoose got its first goal in the game's opening 10 minutes, led by two at halftime, then poured across five more in the second half to beat youthful Milwaukie — which features 10 freshmen and sophomores — 7-0 at Chinook Field in Scappoose.
"This was our first league game so we were trying to come out strong and just improve from our last game," said Milwaukie senior midfielder/defender Ruby Oakes, the lone senior in the Mustangs' lineup.
"Going into (our first) league game and we're such a new team, we're all just trying to figure everyone out and everyone's playing skills," added freshman goalkeeper Maddie Davis, who made more than a dozen saves, including a handful of one-on-one stops from point-blank range. "So it's all new and we're just trying to figure it out."
With the win — Scappoose's third straight — the Indians improved to 1-0 in Northwest Oregon Conference play and 5-1-1 overall. Milwaukie, meanwhile, lost its fourth straight game and fell to 0-1 in NWOC play and 1-6-0 overall.
"During our pregame team talk, we talked about coming out strong and not underestimating them," said Scappoose sophomore midfielder Samantha Heimbuck, who scored twice in the win. "Just because we beat them previously, it doesn't mean that we shouldn't show up and give our all the entire game."
"I think we came out hard and we came out with our 'A' game," said senior forward Tatum Boogman, who scored one goal and assisted on two others. "The through balls, everything was really good."
After the downpour and hail that accompanied the start of the game, the Indians broke through early with a score from sophomore Alice Davidson assisted by senior team captain Karly Murray.
While the Mustangs didn't generate much in the way of offense in the opening half, Davis and the Milwaukie defense allowed just one more goal in the opening 40 minutes. That score came from junior Madison Meeuwsen following a Davidson corner kick with 12:13 to go in the half.
The Indians kept the pressure on early in the second half, but Davis kept the Indians at bay for the first 15:30 of the period.
"I think there were some set pieces we can all work on as a team. I definitely think marking is something that everyone can improve on," Davis said. "Personally, I feel I played a great game."
But when the floodgates opened for Scappoose, the goals poured across quickly for the Indians. Heimbuck made it 3-0 when she scored off a redirect from Boogman, junior Adison Stoddard pushed the lead to 4-0 four minutes later, Davidson hit to make it 5-0 off a Boogman assist, junior Kaylie Schrotzberger took a Davidson pass and connected with 9:46 left to play, and Heimbuck took another Boogman pass and scored on a break for the final 7-0 margin with 7:24 to go.
"We've been working a lot on working together as a team and coming together and staying positive on the field and I think that we really did that," Heimbuck said. "We performed well and played for each other."
While Milwaukie didn't score, the Mustangs did create more chances in the second half. Among their best opportunities were a pair of corner kicks from junior Marion Perry and senior Vanessa Cuevas, a Perry free kick stopped by Scappoose junior keeper Gabrielle Hanke, and a late shot on goal from sophomore Emma Sammis.
"I think we moved some pieces around and people were just adjusting to how the game went in the first half," Oakes said of her team's improved attack in the second half.
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