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Girls Junior Varsity Soccer, Girls Varsity Soccer · McNary Girls Soccer Draw with West Salem on the Road


Keizer, Oregon – September 19, 2017

The Lady Celts answer a West Salem goal to draw 1-1 on the road.
McNary looked to continue their shutout streak heading into their first conference game against West Salem.  The defense anchored by returning sweeper sophomore Sam Alfano and Junior goalie Sydney Snapp have kept opponents scoreless through five games.  This would be a serious test for newcomers Maya Luscomb (sophomore), Audrey Williams (freshman), and Ashlyn Lyda (freshman).  McNary started strong and spent the majority of the first ten minutes of the match on the West Salem end but failed to produce a dangerous opportunity.  About fifteen minutes into the match the momentum shifted, and West Salem began to settle in and control the midfield.  In the 32’ minute Lyda took a tough knee-to-knee hit in a 50/50 challenge that needed medical attention; play was allowed to continue momentarily as West Salem switched the field and ended up with a shot inside the penalty area that forced a great save from Snapp.  Lyda’s replacement junior Olivia Purkey stepped in and helped finish out a scoreless half.  The score was 0-0 at the break.
West Salem started the second half controlling possession, and settled for a number of shots from outside that were handled with ease by Snapp.  Pressure began to mount as West Salem forced a couple corner kicks around the 50’ minute.  In the 54’ minute West Salem collected a ball inside the box on an attempted clearance, and put a shot on goal that deflected off McNary’s central defender on its way toward goal forcing an initial diving save by Snapp that took a fortunate bounce off the post toward a charging West Salem attacker who finished the second effort from close range.  In the 64’ minute senior Captain Jessy Shore made a run up the left wing and put a cross toward the far post that skipped off the turf, and was finished by junior Captain Abigail Hawley in the top right corner from close range.
The final score of the match was McNary 1, West Salem 1.

[54] West Salem Goal, [64] Abigail Hawley
The final score of the Junior Varsity match was McNary 3, West Salem 1.
The next match for the Celts is home against Forest Grove on Thursday, September 21 at 7:00pm.