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Nonleague games show chemistry as Scappoose High team nears start of NWOC play

PMG PHOTO: STEVE BRANDON - Grace Negelspach (left) and Anika Havlik have been two consistent performers this season for the Scappoose girls soccer team.The nonleague season is going well for the Scappoose girls soccer team.

The Indians improved to 4-1-1 with their 4-2 victory Wednesday night at Valley Catholic.

Junior Anika Havlik had one goal and three assists, junior Grace Negelspach had two goals, sophomore Tatum Boogman scored a goal, and soph Kiera Fagan had an assist.

Also in the past week, Scappoose tied 1-1 Catlin Gabel and lost 1-0 to Oregon Episcopal School, after rallying for a 4-2 win at home over North Marion.

The Indians played two of the foremost soccer schools in the state on the road in facing OES and Catlin, two teams that routinely battle for the state championship at their level.

Oregon Episcopal prevailed with a penalty kick.

"It was probably one of the best games we've played," Havlik said. "Our freshmen and sophomores stepped up and fought hard the entire game. Even when we were down, our heads were never down. We pushed to the last whistle."

"We played a great game. We were aggressive the whole time," Negelspach said.

Havlik got the Scappoose goal at Catlin Gabel. She was putting pressure on the Eagles' goalie when the keeper kicked the ball right into her.

The comeback versus North Marion showed the Indians they could put things together and be explosive. Scappoose trailed 2-1 at the break, with North Marion netting a PK goal and another score on a long lob shot.

"It really showed we can pull together as a team and fight, even when the odds aren't necessarily in our favor," Havlik said of the surge after halftime.

"We shut them down in the second half," Negelspach said, "and our possession was really good."

Havlik said coach Summer Jark's halftime talk showed the way, and seniors Emma Jones and Taryn Verzino "really gave us great leadership and helped lead us to that victory."

Havlik plays forward or center midfield, and Negelspach is a central midfielder.

Jones has been playing more of a center back or defensive center mid role this season.

"She really helps anchor the back line," Havlik said.

Both Havlik and Negelspach said the team has been coming together well despite some youth and having to incorporate new players at certain spots, especially on defense.

"We might not have as much raw talent this year, but each person is really good individually and we probably work together the best we ever have," Havlik said.

"The work ethic on this team is the best. The chemistry is really good," Negelspach said.

The Indians have been able to score from different positions as well.

"Our goal distribution is pretty even. Honestly, anybody can put goals in the net. I put my confidence in anybody,"Havlik said. "Over the years, we've established trust in playing together, and we really know each other pretty well."

Continuing to score will be essential as Scappoose gets into its tough Class 5A Northwest Oregon Conference season.

"Defense is so important, but if we don't put balls in the back of the net, there's no way we can win games," Negelspach said.

After Monday's nonleague finale at home against Tualatin, the Indians will face probably their toughest NWOC foe when Wilsonville comes to town for a game on Oct. 9.

Scappoose is ranked seventh in 5A by the coaches, while Wilsonville is ranked No. 9.

The Indians want to "win league, and make it farther in the playoffs," Havlik said, "and just have a really positive season and help the team build for next year."

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