HILLSBORO — Head coach Juan Llamas knew before the season even started that the McKay boys’ soccer team would play in the state championship final. 

“I looked at when the final was going to be, and I told my wife we can’t plan a birthday party for our daughter because we are going to be in the state championship,” Llamas said. 

But what Llamas did not know was that the Scots not only played in the state final but were crowned the 5A state champions after they defeated West Albany 2-1 at Hillsboro Stadium on Saturday morning. 

The state title was the cherry on top McKay needed to complete its undefeated season, 17-0, the first in program history and only the third title in a team sport since 1986.

“The community has been supporting us since day one and this is us giving back to them,” Llamas said. “But, ultimately the boys are putting in the work and showing up to practice.”

McKay celebrates their 2-1 victory in the 5A state championship game against West Albany at Hillsboro Stadium in Hillsboro, Ore. on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.

Junior forward Abdoulie Jallow, who is in his first year on the team from Gambia, West Africa, led the team with 14 goals prior to the state final.

Jallow continued that rhythm in the 31st minute of the state final when he broke through four defenders to knock in his 15th goal. 

“I’ve been trying to score that kind of goal, but it was very hard,” Jallow said. For me to score that kind of goal was a first.” 

McKay kept the same game strategy in the second half, which paid off in the 33rd minute when its defenders made several crucial saves on five shots from the Bulldogs.

Meanwhile, the offense kept attacking, and a missed shot turned into an assist from junior forward Miguel Garcia that Jallow knocked in for the goal in the 27th minute. 

“This is crazy, and such a blessing,” Garcia said.

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