The OSAA soccer state playoffs continued Tuesday with the semifinals, and Mid-Valley team McKay boys soccer punched their ticket to the state championship with a win over La Salle Prep.
McKay clinches first state appearance in school history, first in any sport since 1997
McKay needed to score badly to stay alive in the 5A state semifinal match against No. 3 La Salle Prep on Tuesday night.
With five seconds left in the match, the Scots did that and sent the game into overtime with junior forward Miguel Garcia scoring the game winning goal in the fourth minute, clinching No. 2 McKay its first state final appearance in school history.
“This is for the community,” McKay head coach Juan Llamas said after the victory. “I feel like McKay gets a bad name all the time, which I feel like they don’t deserve it. If you walk the halls, see the staff and admin, it’s a pretty tight-knit community. We said we were going to be here, and the community showed up.”
Fans that packed the stands for the match were put through what felt like a rollercoaster ride after the Falcons inched a goal in the third minute.
The second half proved to be even more stress-inducing with two Scots players given yellow cards and junior midfielder David Garcia suffered a game-ending injury with five minutes remaining in the match.
Senior goalkeeper Diego Garibay kept the Falcons at bay with three crucial saves during the two 10-minute overtime halves.
McKay will face familiar foe No. 5 West Albany in the 5A state final match at Hillsboro Stadium on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Each of Tuesday’s winners advance to the state championship matches in their respective classification brackets. Check back here for score updates.
Class 6A — Tuesday’s semifinals
Jesuit 6, Gresham 1
Westview 2, Aloha 1
Jesuit 1, Tualatin 0
West Linn 1, Lake Oswego 0
Class 5A — Tuesday’s semifinals
West Albany 2, Summit 1
McKay 2, La Salle 1
Crescent Valley 1, North Eugene 0
Wilsonville 1, Summit 0
Class 4A — Tuesday’s semifinals
Ontario 1, North Marion 0
Phoenix at Henley, late
Marist 2, North Marion 0
Hidden Valley 1, Gladstone 0
Class 3A/2A/1A — Tuesday’s semifinals
Oregon Episcopal 5, St. Mary’s 1
McLoughlin 3, Riverdale 0
Catlin Gabel 6, Amity 0
Valley Catholic 2, North Valley 0