Celt Jonathan Carranza beats a Crescent Valley player to the ball in a game Tuesday, Sept. 23. McNary trailed for much of the game, but tied it up 3-3 in the final 10 minutes. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Celt Jonathan Carranza beats a Crescent Valley player to the ball in a game Tuesday, Sept. 23. McNary trailed for much of the game, but tied it up 3-3 in the final 10 minutes. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

In the one game it had last week, the McNary High School boys varsity soccer team dominated Dallas High School in a 9-0 win.

“We were able to switch the ball nicely and maintain possession for most of the game, which really helped,” said Jose Daniel Caballero.

The Celtics had only one gap in scoring that lasted more than 15 minutes, and set the tone for the game in the first 60 seconds.

McNary took a 1-0 lead in the first minute on a goal by Garon Stanley off an assist by Mario Garcia-Garibay. Caballero netted the next in the fourth minute off another assist by Garcia-Garibay. The final two goals of the first half were by Garcia-Garibay and Isaiah Santana on penalty kicks in the 15th and 39th minutes, respectively.

“We were talking really well and we had a lot of communication. It helped us take a lot of shots where we just didn’t quite get the goal,” said Garcia-Garibay.

Caballero scored the first two goals of the second half on assists by Paulo Reyes, Bryan Keo netted one on an assist by Garcia-Garibay, Stanley got his second goal of the game with another assist by Reyes, and Michael Reyes scored on an assist by Jorge Garcia in the 72nd minute for the 9-0 final.

The Celts stayed on the attack for most of the game and the Dragons didn’t record a single shot on goal. McNary had 12 shots that sailed wide of their mark.

“Working on finishing those shots is what we need to do now,” said Garcia-Garibay.

The Celtics had been slated for a second game with LaSalle High School Thursday, Sept. 18, but a lack of officials forced a cancellation. Missing that game has caused the team to slip in state rankings, but Caballero said that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.

“We’re trying to put the rankings aside and focus on playing our game. We can still pick up our intensity and passion,” he said.

Much of the team was anticipating a contest with Crescent Valley High School Tuesday, Sept. 23. With a traditionally powerful program, the Raiders entered the game ranked 13th in the OSAA 5A classification.

“They are going to be a tough rival, but if we communicate and stay together as a team we should do all right,” said Garcia-Garibay. “The rankings are helping us stay positive and building confidence. We still argue, but I think we’re growing up as a team and that’s the best thing for us.”

McNary trailed the Raiders 3-1 for much of the game, but two goals in the final 10 minutes of the game ended the contest in a stalemate.