UMATILLA — Mac-Hi’s girls soccer team improved to 5-0-1 and maintained first place in the Special District 7 with a 2-0 shutout of Umatilla here Monday.
"It was 48 degrees out there, we were cold," Pioneers coach Martin Martinez said. "We were not playing to our level."
The teams played to a scoreless halftime, but Mac-Hi freshman Kariss Carrillo put the Pioneers on the board in the 25th minute of the second half off an assist by Andrea Roeder. Carrillo got the ball to Roeder, who went at the Umatilla goal before Viking defenders turned her back. Roeder then put the ball back to Carrillo, who beat the Umatilla goal on the left side.
Thirteen minutes later, Belen Betancourt fired a shot that came out of the Vikings’ goalie’s hands and rolled towards the goal line. Roeder reached the ball as it reached the line and the goal was scored.
"I was say they both scored the goal," Martinez said. "It was going into the goal when Andrea got to it. It was a tie."
Mac-Hi outshot Umatilla 18-4 in the game. Pioneers goalie Kalyn Odman secured the shutout.
"She’s having a great season," Martinez said of Odman, who has allowed eight goals all season.
"Our girls realized they played down, and some felt like they should have done better," he said. "But people are stepping up when we need them to."
Mac-Hi stands atop the league with 16 points, followed by Riverside at 15 points and La Grande at 13.
"Our league’s pretty tight," Martinez said.
Mac-Hi hosts Baker at 3 p.m. Thursday at Shockman Field.