By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes
McNary gave one of the top boys soccer teams in the state a scare but couldn’t quite pull the upset as the Celtics fell 2-1 at No. 3 Jesuit on Saturday, Oct. 29 in the first round of the playoffs.
“Our boys played really, really good,” MHS head coach Miguel Camarena said. “They stepped up their game. We had our chances. Unfortunately, they didn’t go through.”
Jesuit, which has advanced to at least the quarterfinals of the state tournament each of the past three seasons, scored its first goal against McNary in the fourth minute and dominated the first 20 minutes of the game.
But a string of substitutions, bringing sophomores Jose Luis Bravo and Miguel Bravo in off the bench and moving forward Luis Lopez back, evened play.
The Celtics took control in the second half but Jesuit caught a break, getting a penalty kick with 15 minutes remaining to extend its lead to 2-0.
With five minutes to go, Gustavo Villalvazo had a long kick bounce off the Crusader goalkeeper’s hands, which Michael Reyes finished for McNary’s only goal.
“I’m just proud of the guys for their effort,” Camarena said.
With the season over, Camarena had mixed fixings.
He pointed to ties to Aloha and Newberg early in the season as games where McNary blew leads.
With a 5-6-3 record, the Celtics had to win a play-in game to even get into the state tournament.
“There were games we should win, games where we were ahead and didn’t hold the lead,” Camarena said. “There were mistakes that cost us points. When you had opportunities to win games and it didn’t happen, that hurts. On the other hand, it’s time to recover and get ready for next season.”