The Spartans overcome rainy conditions and the absence of their starting goalie to defeat the home Indians.

PMG PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Hillsboro's Diana Correa fights-off Scappoose defender Tatum Boogman during the two teams' game Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 12, at Chinook Field in Scappoose.It wasn't necessarily pretty, but it doesn't have to be.

The Hillsboro Spartans girls soccer team overcame the rain, a missing goalie, and a pretty good Scappoose squad to earn a 2-0 road win over the Indians Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 12, at Chinook Field in Scappoose.

The Spartans (5-2-1, 2-0) broke a scoreless second half tie with goals from senior Isabel Tapley and freshman defender Braxtyn Ellsworth, then held on behind a stout defense and some pretty darn good saves from backup goalkeeper Ryanne Nardin.

Hilhi head coach Dean Miyama said that starting goalkeeper Andrea Marin has been out due to injury, and as a result they had to get creative in Marin's absence, starting Nardin who typically plays defense.

"She played goalkeeper growing up and would often play a half in the net when she was on junior varsity, but now she's our emergency keeper," Miyama said. "She did a phenomenal job."

Scappoose was playing a bit shorthanded, missing three starters due to injury. But head coach Bruno Zanotta made no excuses and ultimately applauded Hillsboro's effort in defeat.

"Credit to Hillsboro for playing a great game and capitalizing on our mistakes," Zanotta said. "We had some opportunities to score in the beginning of the second half, but we missed the target."

The Indians didn't get a lot of quality looks, but played far more aggressively in the second half and got a handful of breakaways and clear shots, only to be turned away by Nardin. Most notably, with the game still tied 0-0, Scappoose's Adison Stoddard got hold of a deflection in the box and appeared ready to give the home Indians the lead in the 62nd minute, but Nardin got a hand on the passing shot and corralled it to stymie the attempt and set up what would be the winning Spartan goal a minute later when Tapley finished a loose ball in front of the Scappoose net.

Nardin was far from braggadocios after the game, and in fact was more surprised by her performance.

PMG PHOTO: WADE EVANSON - Scappoose freshman defender Payton Hamman dribbles the ball during the Indians' game against Hillsboro Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 12, at Chinook Field in Scappoose."I was surprised at how I played and didn't actually expect to save anything," Nardin said with a chuckle. "It was great to get the win. I'm excited."

The Spartans added a second goal 15 minutes later when Ellsworth headed-in a Margaret Shively corner kick from the left side.

With the win, Hillsboro remained undefeated in the Northwest Oregon Conference, while Scappoose dropped to 1-1 and in a tie for third place.

All things considered, Miyama said he didn't know what to expect from his girls to start the game, but in the end was proud of – and impressed with – their performance. Especially since his team hadn't beaten the Indians since they moved into the 5A classification.

"The conditions weren't great, but we gutted it out," the coach said. "We never let down. I told the girls at halftime that this was going to be a mental game. I thought we dominated the first 20 minutes but nothing happened, so I told them to focus on being mentally tough and apply pressure, and stuff will happen. And it did."

Zanotta said his girls were undeterred by the frustrating loss, and will only use it as inspiration to get better going forward.

"The girls showed tremendous heart and we played hard until the final whistle," Zanotta said. "We will continue to work on minimizing our mistakes, increasing our possession time, and looking to improve on getting more shots on target."

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