They might have won their game with Sprague, 3-1, but it was a 2-0 loss to McKay that had helped McNary High School varsity soccer team recapture their “swag.”
“We dominated the game in every way, we just couldn’t score,” said McNary’s Jake Paulson. “It was easily our best game so far.”
The only area the team sagged was finishing, said Miguel Camarena, McNary head coach.
“We were unlucky, but we need to keep working with the same level of intensity,” he said. “We missed four golden opportunities to score, but that’s part of the game.”
Finishing out attacks was high on the agenda for Celt Luis Garibay.
“We had a lot chances in the McKay game, we just seem to miss on the last touch,” he said.
While McNary walked away with a win over Sprague High School earlier in the week. Few were happy with the game as a whole.
“In the second half, after their first goal, our momentum started to go down again,” said Celt goalkeep Christian DeSantiago.
Hugo Gonzalez scored twice on the Olys and assisted Victor Palos on the other Celtic goal. DeSantiago made two saves during the game and Hugo Cortez recorded one save. The Celts had 10 shots on goal that didn’t make it to the back of the net.
Finishing will be key for the team as it moves forward with a new formation intended to keep possession and pressure high, Camarena said.
“We can play well, but you have to score goals to reflect that you are playing better. Unfortunately, we are lacking goals,” he said.
Part of the solution will be in better set-ups, DeSantiago said.
“We need to be sure that we’re placing the ball when we kick it and not kicking it to be kicking it,” he said.
A popular Mexican restaurant recently repainted with vibrant colors.
Too vibrant, it seems. After several complaints, the city of Keizer’s community development department ordered that La Hacienda Real on River Road be repainted. [MAP: 1]
Painters were outside the building last weekend and into this week toning down the bright orange and red..
Marco Garcia, the restaurant’s manager, said all three of its Salem-area locations were repainted, including Keizer’s.
But Garcia isn’t upset about the issue.
“That’s fine,” he said.
The city’s code allows the trim to be painted just about whatever color you like, but 75 percent of the building must be “a fairly muted, earth-tone kind of color,” said Community Development Director Nate Brown.
City code calls for a color saturation level of less than 20 percent. Brown’s department has a small machine that can determine color saturation, he said.
“You basically push the button … and it tells you the rating,” Brown said.
The Rolling Stones’ You Can’t Always Get What You Want could have been the theme song for the McNary High School girls varsity soccer team last week.
The Celtics bounced back from a devastating 5-1 defeat to Sprague High School early in the week a 7-0 victory against McKay.
“We really wanted to beat Sprague and, when it didn’t go our way in the first 10 minutes, we all gave up,” said Celt Jordan Salinas. “Even I gave up. We’ve never been that low.”
The Celtics’ motivation was teammate Hailey Scoggins, a sweeper, who was sidelined for the season a week earlier with a broken tibia.
“We started out really strong, but we’re still trying to get used to the new defense without Hailey,” said Hailey Decker.
“Hailey was the only one that the sweeper position came naturally to and getting adjusted to a new presence is tough on the team,” Salinas added.
Danielle Lovejoy scored McNary’s only goal of the game off an assist by Casey Sidwell. McNary goalkeep Beca Aguilar had six saves. Breakdowns in marking up on corner kicks proved especially problematic, said Miguel Camarena, McNary head coach.
It was an entirely different story for the team in a match with McKay High School.
“Our forwards were a lot stronger and we took a lot more shots and passed it better,” Decker said.
Salinas had a goal and three assists during the game. Decker, Lovejoy, Sidwell, Alex Van Amburgh and Laura Donaldson added a goal each.
“We sort of put all the things together that we didn’t do with Sprague,” Salinas said. “It really boosted our confidence, we didn’t give up. We missed a lot of goals, but we’ll try harder next time.”
The Lady Celts had 11 shots that didn’t make it into the net.
The win also provided new opportunities for Camarena to try out new approaches.
“It was the kind of game where we could change formations to see different ways to move the ball, and to create openings and penetrate. They did very well,” Camarena said. “Scoring seven goals it is not easy.”