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Lady Celts chalk up first win of season

Stacey Titchenal takes control of the ball during McNary’s game with McKay Thursday, Sept. 30. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

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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.”