By Jeremy Mcdonald
HILLSBORO, Ore.– McKay made sure they completed their historic season when they took on Mid-Willamette Conference opposition West Albany Saturday at Hillsboro Stadium.
The Bulldogs physicality in the field and West Albany goalie Carter McGowan didn’t make it easy, but behind a two-goal ‘brace’-feat by Abdoulie Jallow in the 5A State Championship Game helped lift the Scots over the Bulldogs 2-1 to complete the perfect 17-0 season.
Diego Garibay, who anchored the net for McKay this season, and Mikey Garcia, who had an assist in the game, both spoke about finishing the job. And here they are, celebrating it with their teammates.
Making history and leaving their marks within the program as their defense recovered and held strong after surrendering an early PK in the opening ten minutes that tied the game at one.
“This moment…after the PK, we kept going, 100-percent and finished the game off right,”Garibay said.
It was the mentality the aided them to settled down and keep going. It’s something they’ve done all year and it came through in the clutch once more as it did back on Tuesday in the Semi-Final round.
“It was fast, it was quick. The first half, the first 20 minutes, we kept fighting until the very end like we always do. Like the Semi-Finals, we always fight until the end,” said junior David Garcia. “It’s amazing, I don’t know how to describe it. I’m at a lost for words, but I’m proud of my teammates.
“(Next year) just have the same mentality as this year and keep building onto it. Keep learning as a team, as a family and hope for the best.”
As each minute trickled down, the McKay faithful let them hear it. Some standing, other remaining seated by nerves of the moment.
But the Scots on the pitch made it all their wild in the sea of “McK”-chants from the stands, them counting down from ten before the squad collapsed on the turf with joyous emotions pouring out of them of what they had accomplished together as a team.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald