By Rockne Roll • Multimedia Journalist • 

Grizzly boys draw with McKay

Not all draws are created equal.

After a heart-breaking two-all decision against last place West Albany, the McMinnville Grizzlies had a very different feeling after their Thursday night Class 6A Greater Valley Conference match with McKay, which ended in a 1-1 tie.

“I thought that we were going to have that. I told the guys, one word is just ‘unlucky’ in that game,” McMinnville head coach Jory Shene said.

The unluckiness started for McMinnville in the 14th minute, when a Grizzlies player was called for a handball in the box and McKay sank the resulting PK. It continued as McMinnville made run, got shot after shot, but simply couldn’t break through.

“We had the chances. It looked really good. It was unlucky that we don’t have four or five goals,” Shene recalled.

The luck finally shifted in the 64th, when Cameron Autencio finished off a pass from his older brother to record his first varsity goal in Wortman Stadium. But Mac couldn’t find another tally, though for no lack of trying.

McMinnville (6-4-3, 4-1-2 GVC) conclude their regular season in Forest Grove on Monday at 7:15 p.m. A win for the Grizzlies and at least one loss or draw for McNary in their final two games (vs. South Salem, at Sprague) would lock the Grizzlies into a share of the GVC title.

In other action:

Stayton 9, Yamhill-Carlton 1

YAMHILL – Tigers head coach James Lyda was focused on his club’s much improved second half as they took another Class 4A Oregon West Conference defeat on Thursday, this one a 9-1 home loss to Stayton.

“It was a much better second half. If you look at the overall score, it looked like a killing, and it was. But the first half and second half were like two different ball games,” Lyda said. “We talked about maintaining possession. We talked about our strategy for extending a quicker team.”

After the intermission, Y-C allowed just two more goals from Stayton and got one back thanks to Jackson Harloff.

“He had a brilliant opportunity for another, on a bicycle kick. Just hit the crossbar,” Lyda said. “It became a much better, much different game.”

Y-C (0-11, 0-7 OWC) will visit Turner on Tuesday for a 4:15 p.m. match against Cascade.

Girls Soccer

McMinnville 7, McKay 0

SALEM – What impressed Grizzlies head coach Victor Campos about his side’s 7-0 drowning of their GVC hosts, the McKay Royal Scots, wasn’t the sheer number of goals, but their distribution.

“The scoring was pretty spread out. (Carlisle Topping) was the only girl with multiple goals,” Campos explained. “It’s nice to see different girls score.”

As for the rest: McKay has lost every game thus far this season, and has scored just five goals on the year. The Grizzlies were able to clearly display the differences between the clubs.

“We were just a more talented team then they were,” Campos said. “We have some pretty strong girls. We’re at the point where we’ve gotten better and better every game.”

McMinnville (7-3-1, 4-2-1 GVC) will cap their regular season on Monday with a 7:15 p.m. match against Forest Grove at Wortman Stadium.

Stayton 2, Yamhill-Carlton 1

STAYTON – Though Yamhill-Carlton netted their third goal of the season, it wasn’t enough to topple Stayton as the Tigers took a 2-1 OWC road loss on Thursday.

Y-C (2-7-2, 1-5-1 OWC) will host Cascade on Tuesday at 4:15 p.m. in Yamhill.

Amity 2, Gervais 2

GERVAIS – What stuck with Warriors head coach Ismael Alba from Thursday’s Class 3A/2A/1A Special District 3 tilt with the Gervais Cougars wasn’t the final score, a 2-2 draw. It was the treatment his squad received from their hosts.

Alba told the News-Register that Gervais parents and fans were lobbing insults from the stands all through the match and attempting to intimidate the officials into favoring the home side. Alba did not specify whether Gervais players or coaches were involved, but he explained that the treatment had quite the effect on his players.

“When they finished the game, they came out crying,” Alba said of his squad. “The Gervais team, they really need to be disciplined. They called our team such bad things. I think we have to do something about it.”

Morgan Croxford scored both goals for Amity (3-6-2, 3-5-2 SD3). The Warriors will host Salem Academy on Monday at 4:15 p.m.

Dayton 2, Blanchet Catholic 0

SALEM – Dayton pinned a pair of tallies on the Cavaliers in their SD3 match on Thursday, grabbing a 2-0 victory to secure their fifth win in their last six matches, and the fourth shutout for the Pirates in that stretch.

Dayton (5-7-1, 5-4-1 SD3) continues their road trip on Monday at Gervais. Kickoff is set for 4:15 p.m.