By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– The game was tied at two-apiece and Anthony Mota received the ball and was driving down the field and the time approaching the 20 minute-mark of the second half when he was tripped and fouled on the drive to the goal by a Forest Grove defender.
It looked as if it was a hard foul as Mota sat on the ground briefly before popping on up to get his team situated for the free kick about from the top of the box.
“I felt really confident, from the previous game I also scored from the free kick,” said Mota as he set up for the free kick. “I knew from this free kick I knew it was going to go in. I was pretty confident.”
With chants of “Mota, Mota, Mota”, he sent the kick from the left side of the field, the homestand side of the field, it traveled towards the line in front of him, but had a tad-bit too much air for a header as it curved left and landed by the left goalpost for McKay’s third goal of the game with 22 minutes left in the contest.
“I saw that in slow-motion, it was crazy. When I saw it go in, it was a unbelievable feeling, it was a really good feeling,” said Mota on scoring the game-winner.
McKay then did, as they did against McMinnville on September 28, shut down the Vikings defense to seal the 3-2 win for their second win of 2017.
The win, pushes the Scots up to 36th in the standings in 6A at 2-8-3 overall with Senior Night Thursday against Sprague (5-5-2, 2-4-1 Greater Valley Conference), it’s a bittersweet moment to think about for seniors like Mota, goalie Ricardo Espinzoa, Jose Rocha, etc.; but there’s still a hope that McKay can slip into the playoff picture with a win Thursday against the Olympians.
“Playing four years for McKay, it’s been a good experience, knowing that it’s coming to an end soon it kind of break me down you know, we just got to keep going you know. Hope to make it to playoffs, play our best,” Mota explains the emotions of Thursday. “I think we can do pretty good, coming off a win against one of the best teams in the GVC, I think we should do good against Sprague.
“We’ll see what happens.”
The Senior Night Game itself is slated for 7pm at McKay High School versus the Olys.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald