By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– McKay was looking for a spark entering league next week entering the second half of their 5-1 win over Aloha Monday evening.
The Scots and the Warriors were knotted up at one apiece with McKay’s Jose Ceja having the lone goal entering the final 40 minutes of their preseason schedule.
Uriel Bravo and the defense clamped down, coming off a tough 4-0 loss to Reynolds Thursday the one first half goal was a step in the right direction as Bravo’s backline supported the Junior behind them. Bravo made the crucial saves, including a punchout save that was quickly followed by a diving save as the game entered the 70th minute of play.
“Having this win would be more motivation for us to keep putting in the work, maybe put in more work so that the season goes smoothly and we play better throughout the games,” said Bravo.
Bravo touched base on consistency, something that them as a Scots unit have had a tough time doing entering league. But when they do, they get the result as they got in the second half of their game against Aloha.
At 4-2 entering the game, the Warriors kept McKay off the board entering the 60th minute with the game still tied at one-apiece. In the 60th minute however, that’s when the Scots took off.
Bryan Lopez handed McKay a 2-1 lead before Banes picked up the squads third goal shortly after.
Following Bravo’s two saves, Filiberto Alacron made it 4-1 Scots in the 72nd and Lopez too picked up his two-goal brace game in the 78th for an offense that scored once in their last two games.
“We started off slow but we took it up, we start playing hard and this is a good start for the season. We’re coming in for the win so we can build off of that momentum and keep going,” said Bravo. “Without the defense we can’t win. The forwards score, but we need the defenders. We can rely on them and our backline is really strong and we’re looking forward to the season.”
McKay host Mountain View October 1 to open Mountain Valley Conference play at 4pm before traveling to Bend to play the Lava Bears October 4.