McNary’s Lauren Ronning clears the ball during the Lady Celts game with South Salem High School Tuesday, Oct. 16. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Of the Keizertimes

Lady Celt Janie Jarmin had a banner week for the McNary High School girls varsity soccer team.

Jarmin scored all four Celtic goals in games with South Salem and McKay high schools. McNary came out the 3-1 winner of the McKay contest while the girls fell to South 4-1.

Jarmin’s solo shot in the 24th minute of the game with South gave McNary a 1-0 lead heading into halftime.

“We played really well the first time against them and we took that and tried to play better,” said Celt Dakota Hamilin. “I think we did a good job of not leaving space behind us on defense in that game.”

During halftime, Camarena told the team that he wanted to see them duplicate the first-half effort.

“I told them to make sure they were concentrating and we gave up a penalty kick in the first minutes of the second half,” Camarena said. “Those are the little things that come back to bite you and more so when you play a team like South.”

South netted its final two goals in the last five minutes. Celt goalkeep Camden Decker had seven saves in the net.

“We held them off pretty well and then they started taking shots from midfield. We weren’t expecting that,” Jarmin said.

Camarena credited Danielle Lovejoy as central figure in holding the Saxons off the McNary side of the field.

“Normally, she plays a forward, but this year she’s been one of our stoppers and she performed well in that role. She was a big part of our defense against South,” he said.

In the McKay game, Jarmin said a soggy field kept the team from a better start, but that the Celtic game evolved quickly.

“We figured out we could do through balls between their defenders because they were playing really flat,” she said.

The Celts wanted the win more, added Hamilin.

“After the first half, we knew we hadn’t done very well and we came back knowing we had to win that game,” she said.

The Lady Celts had league contests with Sprague and West Salem high schools still on tap before finding out who their play-in game opponents would be, but the growth of the team in three short months give them reason for hope.

“We started out just kicking the ball, but now we’re passing. We just need to keep doing that and building on it,” Jarmin said.