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Canby boys come out 'flat,' but respond to pull close before Mckay makes another run to put match away

The Canby high boys soccer season got off on a tough note Sept. 2 with a 4-1 loss at McKay. Coach Ryan McCormack said his team took a bit to wake up in the game's opening minutes.

"I thought we came out a little flat, but the guys responded after going down 2-0," McCormack said.

Vladimir Bernal Lopez helped get the Cougars back to within 2-1 when he scored a goal off an assist from Heladio Vera towards the end of the first half. Unfortunately, McKay earned a penalty kick right before the halftime whistle to make it 3-1.

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The momentum from Bernal's goal was slowly ebbing away with the penalty kick, then McKay shut the door right after halftime, making it 4-1.

"Exchange student Ignacio "Nacho" Alvarez came on and changed the game for us at that point, and had a tremendous game alongside Samuel Barajas Silva," McCormack said. "Nacho earned a PK, and Samuel hit the crossbar soon after. We generated a handful of good chances, but unfortunately, couldn't find the back of the net, and the game ended 4-1."

Senior keeper David Villegas had a good game, making a number of key saves to keep things tight.

The Cougars open their home slate Tuesday night at 7 p.m. with a visit from Southridge, which will also serve as Senior Night.

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