Pioneeers boys soccer team advances to Oregon 4A quarterfinals

Scoring is over in the first 10 minutes of the Class 4A playoff match as the Mac-Hi boys take the 2-1 win.

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MILTON-FREEWATER -- Goals by Johnny Trevino and Christian Corona lifted Mac-Hi over the Marist Spartans 2-1 in the second round of the Oregon 4A state soccer playoffs Tuesday afternoon at Shockman Field.

Trevino used his quick feet to give the Pioneers a 1-0 lead in the third minute. After breaking away from the defense, Trevino faked the Spartan goalie into diving in one direction before dribbling a few more steps and scoring into an open net.

The Spartans countered two minutes later, putting a shot on goal that was picked out of the air by Mac-Hi goalie Francisco Flores.

Mac-Hi's Oscar Flores engineered the next scoring opportunity in the 10th minute. He dribbled around goalie Tyler Patterson but his shot was blocked by a Marist defender.

Ten minutes later, Mac-Hi nearly converted another scoring strike. Lupito Salazar sent a pass to the left of the goal for Trevino, who jumped in the air and kicked it off the outside of his foot, missing just left of the goal.

There was no denying the next Pioneer attack, which came a minute later. Scoring from about 30 yards out, Corona made it 2-0 with a shot that sailed from left to right into the back right-hand corner of the net.

Mac-Hi and the Spartans traded several shots for the rest of the half, but neither side came close to scoring. Francisco Flores made three more saves in goal for the Pioneers before the half. Meanwhile, his teammates took three more shots, putting one on goal.

"I was happy with the way we played in the first half, possessing the ball and scoring," coach Jose Garcia said, "although we could have played harder and put them away."

The Pioneers managed just four shots in the second half, putting two on goal.

The Spartans, after taking just four shots in the first 35 minutes of the second half, made a late push. Marist finally scored with four minutes left in regulation when Andre Post's long pass up field found Evan Cooney, who fought for the ball and then kicked it high off the right goal post and into the net.

With less than a minute left, and Mac-Hi clinging to its 2-1 lead, the Spartans nearly got the equalizer. Marist's Jacob Guckenberger crossed a ball far ahead to Chris Daniel, who dribbled inside the goal box and was ready to take a shot. That's when a charging Francisco Flores came out of the goal to dive onto the ball and swat it away.

"The final save of the game was great by Francisco," Garcia said. "It saved the game."

The victory sends Mac-Hi into the state quarterfinals here Saturday against Phoenix, a 2-1 winner over North Marion on Tuesday.

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