By Jeremy McDonald
KEIZER, Ore.– After a slow start to Friday afternoon’s game that saw McNary take a 1-0 lead into the second half, South Salem erupted for four second-half goals to rally by the Celtics 4-1.
McNary took the lead early in the Mountain Valley Conference-game, off a seventh-minute goal from Owen Alston as the Celtic defense kept the high-power potential of the Saxons from pulling even over the remainder of the opening half. Setting the tone in the match before Frank Kilongo pulled South Salem even in the 52nd minute.
Both teams had their chances as the match entered the final ten minutes, but then came the heartbreak with six minutes to go when Nathan Martinez broke the tie in the 74th minute as it triggered the flood gates to be open with the Saxons striking three times in the final six minutes to pull away from the Celts in the 4-1 victory.
“The first half, we didn’t play that great. The second half we talked. Coach told us to keep working hard and keep our heads up and just score,” Kilongo said. “In the second half we wanted to win. We played hard, that’s how we scored four goals. We just got to start off the half, even if we’re playing a good team or bad team, we just have to keep our heads up and play good.”
South Salem host Mountain View Wednesday for a 4pm game while McNary travels to McKay Tuesday for a 7pm game.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald