By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes
McNary’s honored its three seniors, Jessy Shore, Natalie Ito and Iris Rodriguez, with a dominating 9-0 victory over North Salem on Tuesday, Oct. 17.
Shore scored two goals in the rout with assists from freshmen Ashlyn Lyda and Kennedy Buss.
“It was a lot of fun,” Shore said after the match. “It was definitely my favorite season because everybody got along so well. Our chemistry was fantastic. We all really lived up to our motto of grit this season.”
Rodriguez, a defender who transferred from Western Mennonite for her senior year, scored the Lady Celts final goal of the night and her first of the season on a header from a corner kick by Gina Munguia.
“That was crazy,” Ito said.
“I didn’t think that would ever happen. I was so amazed.”
Rodriguez, a captain on the JV 2 team, got her first varsity start, and played for most of the game.
“Iris has been in the program for three years and is just a joy to be around,” McNary head coach A.J. Nash said. “It takes a special person to take on that role on the JV 2 team and go out there with a great attitude and show up day in and day out and be a captain and a leader.”
All three seniors have played an important role in the growth of the girls soccer program at McNary.
Shore started as a freshman and led the Lady Celts with 10 goals as a sophomore.
“She had leadership qualities even as a freshman that you can build a program around,” Nash said. “She’s been a huge part of the culture that’s been built and we’re going to miss her next year.”
Ito joined a defense that returned only one starter this season but has allowed only nine goals in 12 matches.
“She’s added a toughness to this team,” Nash said. “In training and in games, we can count on her to bring that intensity and more importantly that toughness.”
McNary controlled the game against North Salem from the starting whistle and in the sixth minute junior Natalia Gonzalez found the lower corner of the goal off a cross from sophomore Julie Dieker to start the scoring.
In the 15th minute it was junior Katy Wyatt inside the six yard box who found the end of a Dieker cross for the Lady Celts second goal. Sophomore Haley Hughes then slotted home a third goal, serviced by sophomore defender Samantha Alfano in the 24th minute. Junior Abigail Hawley found the ball off a turnover in the North Salem end, and placed a shot to the lower left corner from 20 yards out to give McNary a 4-0 lead at halftime.
Seven minutes into the second half, Buss nearly stretched the lead to 5-0, firing a shot off the post. But 15 seconds later, Buss was able to finish on a cross into the box from Shore.
Shore’s two goals came less than two minutes apart. After firing a shot off the cross bar, sophomore Ariana Santana was able to finish a shot in the lower right hand corner in the 59th minute.
Ito’s header came in the 62nd minute. McNary mostly called the dogs off in the final 17 minutes, kicking the ball around in the back.
The win over North Salem was the Lady Celtis ninth of the season, which is the most in the program’s history.
“This year we got to honor those who have really given to the program, whether it’s one year or their full four years,” Nash said.