Celt Shelby White challenges one of the West Salem High School’s players for control of the ball during the teams’ match-up on Tuesday, Oct. 2. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Of the Keizertimes

A thinned roster and high temperatures got the best of the McNary High School girls varsity soccer team in its game with Sprague High School Thursday, Sept. 27.

The girls took a beating losing the game 7-0.

“Going into it our heads were in a bad spot,” said Lady Celt Stacey Titchenal. “We’d heard how well the team had done against South and it got us thinking we were going to lose. Our strategy against South had worked really well with just focusing one defense and that was what we planned to do, but I don’t think we fully committed to that against Sprague.”

By the half, Sprague led the Celts 3-0 and scored four more times after the 50th minute to seal the win. The Celts got off only two shots on the Oly goal and McNary’s Camden Decker had nine saves in the net.

“We kept trying but when you fall behind as badly as we did, you just kind of give up,” Decker said.

Both Titchenal and Decker hope to rekindle a renewed passion in practices this week, but it will require many younger players stepping up to fill roles left vacant by injury.

Senior Alex Van Amburgh is out for the season with a broken hip, senior Ellen Gonzalez sat out the Sprague game with a bruised knee and freshman Janie Jarmin, who has been key on the attack this season, was out last week with a concussion.

“We have to be dedicated,” Titchenal said. “We also need to work on conditioning because if we can keep up with the other team then that’s half the work.”

Decker added, “We just have to keep going and keep pushing forward and focus toward the win.”

The Lady Celts won their first contest of the week by forfeit when the McKay Royal Scots showed up more than 50 minutes late for a scheduled contest on Monday, Sept 24.

The girls’ record is currently 2-6 overall and 2-2 in league where they stand alone in fourth place.