By Jeremy McDonald
ALBANY, Ore.– There was a noise, a chant, coming from the dirt parking lot next to the West Albany Football field.
As the noise grew and grew, it eventually entered the stadium and made it’s way to the Home Grandstand on the other side of the field.
It was the JV McKay team coming in and making their presence known with their Varsity counterparts leading the Bulldog Varsity 1-nil entering the second half.
“It felt good, because, I don’t know, that motivation it gives us knowing that they’re watching and we got to give it our best on the field,” said Juan Hernandez describing all of a sudden seeing the JV squad coming in chanting like it was a Professional Match in MLS or the Premier League.
“It’s a great feeling you know, they were down the street and we heard them, that far away,” adds Anthony Mota. “I feel like that pumped us up a little bit and we started off the first half slow, but once they got here the second half, we put in the goals and we did a good job.”
The goal from the first-half, was their first since their 3-2 loss to Parkrose on September 13, but what was to come was their best offensive output of the year and since their 5-2 victory on October 20, 2016 against Sprague.
After West Albany made a few quick drives to start the second half, the Scots found a break and a shot on the Bulldog goal that resulted in Juan Hernandez goal to add a little more cushion for Uriel Bravo and his defense to do what they do best in the back.
“It gives us the extra motivation to keep pushing up,” said Hernandez on his goal. “And then it helped us scoring more and more to keep it going. It was great.”
With the cheers from their JV squad from the stands, the McKay offense kept bringing the heat as Mota sank two goals and led the Scots charge looking for more up 4-0 in the final minutes of the second half.
When the final whistle blew, there was a sign of relief of know they got their first win of the season. The looks on their faces were excitement knowing they were close against David Douglas and Lincoln for example, of getting the ‘0’ out of that far left column.
With Head Coach Ben Lopez kneeling with his team and looking into their eyes while talking to them, all it takes is one win to possibly change everything; and with McKay starting the Greater Valley Conference league-play in this strong showing, confidence is high that the Scots can find a way to carry this into their game against North Salem on Tuesday.
“It brought a lot of these players up and I feel like they’re going to keep up the momentum and play at 100-percent throughout this whole season,” Said Mota on the importance of the win. “The past two years North has played a good game against us and they ended up getting the win the past two years and I feel like this year, we have a good enough team to turn it around.”
Kick-off is at 7pm at North Salem High School.