By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes
After scoring one goal on a penalty kick in its first game, McNary put an emphasis on finishing.
It paid off as the Celtics scored two goals in the first five minutes of Thursday’s contest on their way to a 7-0 shutout of Lebanon.
“That was our expectation,” McNary head coach Miguel Camarena said. “We worked after the first game finishing on goal. Scoring seven goals in a soccer game is not easy so I’m happy with the performance.”
The first goal came from Jesus Lopez a little more than four minutes into the game. Bryan Keo then gave the Celtics a 2-0 lead just 30 seconds later.
Javier Zepeda scored his first of two goals with 27:16 remaining in the first half and freshman Luis Lopez knocked in the first goal of his high school career on an assist from Keo less than a minute later.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Lopez said. “As a freshman, I got pretty surprised to be starting varsity. For me to score my first goal like that, I just felt excitement going through me. It made me a little more pumped, it gave me a little more energy to keep playing and keep pushing and I just tried to get another goal.”
McNary’s goalkeepers had a quiet night as Lebanon didn’t put a shot on goal until 3:30 remaining in the first half after Camarena cleared his bench.
With the starters back in to start the second half, Zepeda scored his second goal on an assist from Ronald Q. Gamble. Freshman Sebastian Brunk then netted his first high school goal with 18:32 remaining in the contest.
With only 4:50 left to play, senior Gustavo Villalvazo, in his first game back from a torn ACL, fired a shot at the Lebanon keeper, who was able to keep the ball in play before Luis Martinez finished the Celtics final goal of the night.
Next up, McNary plays at Central Tuesday at 6 p.m.
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