Keizer — Its been smooth flowing for the McNary boys so far in 2019. The Celtics have only allowed one goal thus far in three games against Central, Canby, and Lake Oswego, entering their match against Madison with a thirst to continue that defensive tear and garner momentum with two games to go before conference play in two weeks.
McNary Wins The First Half Battle, Hold 1-0 Halftime Lead
The Celtics gained control of the ball early in the first half, forcing Madison to retreat into as defensive shell early on. In the seventh minute, Edgar Salazar drilled a goal past the diving Senator goalkeeper, getting McNary on the board early 1-0. In the 15th minute, a rushed corner kick that resulted in a header goal from Luis Lopez was disallowed, keeping the game at 1-0 McNary. The rest of the half featured offensive firepower from the Celtics in the form of numerous cracks at the goal, while Madison was limited their opportunities as the match stayed a 1-0 game at the half in Keizer.
Salazar, Petilo Finish The Deal
Madison came out much more aggressive in the midfield in the second half, battling for possession and creating opportunities. Over half of the second half had gone by when a pair of opportunities finally broke the scoreless time gap for the Celtics in the 62nd minute, opportunities that seemingly happened in a three to five second gap. Playing off a beautiful cross pass, Eli Petilo drilled a one-timer shot at Madison’s Diego Carrasco who made a great save, but Petilo followed up on the rebound and put it in to extend McNary’s advantage to 2-0 in the 62nd minute. Five minutes later, following a penalty in the box, Salazar made it a brace in the 67th minute on a penalty kick goal, putting a nail on the coffin and McNary took it 3-0 from Madison on Thursday night in Keizer.
Talking With Eli Petilo and Edgar Salazar
Eli Petilo and Edgar Salazar talked the win afterwards, speaking optimistically and enthusiastically about the victory and the season ahead. Petilo on the putting the game together, “We started a little slow, struggling to put the ball in the net, but as the game moved into the second half we starting putting it into the back of the net. I thought we could’ve controlled it more today.” Petilo on the defense this season, “Our defense has been really good, three out of four games have been clean sheets. They do a really good job of keeping the ball out of the net.”
Salazar on McNary having too much confidence, “We were way overconfident in the beginning, and it didn’t pay off at the start. We should’ve won by more and finished more instead of capitalizing on our chances, but in the end we got the result we wanted and we got those three points.” Salazar on going deep into the playoffs, “I’m very confident we can, if we tweak these little things like executing the first time, capitalizing on chances, I think we can make it very far in the playoffs. Conference wise, we’re coming for them (Summit), we’re more than ready for it!”
McNary (3-1-0) plays Gresham on the road Monday, Madison (1-3-1) hosts Forest Grove on Tuesday.