Mac-Hi continues GOL dominance

The Pioneer boys shuts out Ontario, 4-0, to finish league play with a 9-0 record.

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Mac-Hi's Nick Stanford goes for the sideline save, but comes up just short during Saturday's match against Ontario.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi, which recently clinched its sixth consecutive Greater Oregon League boys soccer title, concluded its 2009 dominance of GOL opponents here Saturday afternoon with a 4-0 shutout of Ontario at Shockman Field.


The Pioneers finished league play 9-0 and are now 13-1 overall.


Mac-Hi scored its first goal in the 19th minute when Junior Flores took advantage of a through pass that Ontario’s defense failed to clear. With the goalie off his line, Flores banged in a shot from 12 yards out for a 1-0 Pioneers’ edge.


The Pioneers had no less than four chances to score prior to that — which included a couple of headers, a shot over the top from the 18-yard box, and a cross into the goal area that was cleared by the Tigers’ defense.


Ontario came very close to attaining the equalizer three minutes into the second half. Alanso Solis fired a straight-on shot from 38 yards out, only to have Mac-Hi keeper Jesse Saldana deny him by leaping high into the air to deflect the sphere over the cross bar.


Mac-Hi did not extricate itself from the stubborn visitors until it tallied three goals in the final 13 minutes. Christian Corona grounded a left-footed shot into the Tigers’ goal from 23 yards away after another failed clearance attempt in the 67th minute.


Oscar Flores gave the Pioneers a 3-0 lead at 71:22 when he beat an Ontario defender on the left wing and sent a chip over the keeper and into the far corner of the net.


Nick Stanford ended the scoring for Mac-Hi in minute 79.


Despite the win, Pioneers’ coach Jose Garcia voiced more appreciation for the effort of the opposition afterward.


"Ontario pressured us really well in the first half," Garcia said. "They made it difficult for us.


"We didn’t play well in the first half," Garcia said. "We were just kicking the ball. We talked about controlling the ball at halftime.


"What I saw today was not beautiful."


The Pioneers played Saturday’s match without three starters, two due to injury. Garcia brought up a couple of players from the junior varsity roster — Alexis Robles and Danny Campos — and noted that Campos, a midfielder, "did a good job."


Mac-Hi ends the regular season on Tuesday at Riverside.

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