By Jeremy McDonald
KEIZER, Ore.– McNary’s Miguel Gaytan will be taking his soccer talents to the next level. Joining former Capital FC coach Tim Kagey at Corban University next season after the Class of 2021 Senior finishes up his final season in Celtic Blue.
“Honestly it feels amazing, yeah it is different but I’m really grateful they gave us a chance to come out and play again,” Gaytan starts. “It feels really good because Tim has helped me so much this past year, I hope I get to learn even more from him and grow to become an even better player, he really is an amazing coach.
“He really believes in all of his players and he’s really confident when it comes to battling another squad what makes him a really good coach is he’s really straight up with you and talks to you as if you guys are close friends he’s very welcoming and will always try his best to help his players out.”
Gaytan, playing in the tough Mountain Valley Conference, saw his fair share of battles that too will help him for the next level. Playing against the McKay’s, Summit’s and West Salem’s as McNary went 7-7-1 overall and 3-3-1 in MVC play, reaching the first round of the 6A State Playoffs in 2019. Losing a tough 2-1 battle with Lincoln on the road.
But with the support from the program, it has really helped him improve as a footballer.
“I love playing for McNary. The coaches have always supported and believed in me so that makes me feel really good. Playing against big teams like summit, mckay, & south really taught me a lot because each of those teams had really different types of good forwards and I got to see what I was slacking on,” said Gaytan. “It’s made me a better athlete because I got to go up against some serious competition and I learned a lot from last season.
“Also playing for Capital FC really helped me out a lot because my coach Tim really taught me a lot about my position and what I should be doing throughout the game.”
Corban went 17-0-3, won the Cascade Collegiate Conference and reached the opening round of the NAIA Tournament before falling to the University of California, Merced on PK’s back in 2019. The Warriors start their season February 19 when they travel to McMinnville to play Linfield University.