By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.–During the second half, with the home crowd behind them and strong play from their end, McKay owned the possession game despite being down 2-nil at one point in the second half.
In the final thirty minutes of the match, that’s when the Scots found a rhythm that eventually saw Yobeli Manzo connecting on a 63rd minute goal to get McKay to within one of the Cardinals of Lincoln; and as the game grew more and more intense with physicality and the scrappiness of Lincoln looking for another insurance goal and the Scots to knot it up a two.
Manzo points to them knowing the situation at hand from the get-go as the home fans cheers grew in support as the clock went under five minutes to go to play.
“Well, we knew we had to get the goal right away, but it came kind of late, but we didn’t give up and we played until the final whistle,” “We always appreciate our fans to motivate us, pump us up.
“Like, we maybe 11 on the field and then with them we’re 12 and we all play as a team, we all represent McKay.”
Like a family almost, similar to those supporting the Cardinals on the other side of the sides who too were supporting their squad as much as the Scots were on their end.
But, at around three minutes to play, Lincoln abandoned their hopes to add a third goal onto the ‘guest’-side of the board as they play conservative ball by challenging McKay to physically take the ball out of the Scots corner nearest to the grandstand.
It worked as McKay did not field a clean send-off down field until about 45 seconds remaining as the Cardinals defense made sure the Scots did not get that tying goal as time expired a few seconds later.
Yeah, there were some frustrations in defeat, but they’ve been here before reminded Head Coach Ben Lopez to his team following the game.
They were 2-0 before Newberg handed them their first loss in 2016 and they rebounded quite nicely to reach the second-round of the playoffs, and the mindset this year is no different.
“We learn from our losses, yeah it’s only preseason,” said Manzo. “It’ll makes us work harder, going harder, we’ll for sure comeback strong.”
Up Next for the Scots is the 6A Defending State Champions in Lakeridge Tuesday night at home.
OTHER GVC SCORES:
McNary 4-0 over Lebanon. South Albany 3-0 over North Salem. Sprague 2-1 over Tualatin. McMinnville over Sunset 5-3. West Salem/Woodburn-canceled. South Salem/South Eugene-No Score Yet