Pioneers smack 3A Pirates, 12-0

Mac-Hi's boys soccer team improves to 14-0 with the win over Riverside Tuesday.

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MILTON-FREEWATER - The battle of the unbeatens matched the Mac-Hi Pioneer boys soccer team against the Class 3A Riverside Pirates, and the Pioneers dealt the Pirates a 12-0 loss Tuesday at Shockman Field.

Prior to the game Tuesday evening, the Pioneers were ranked second in the Class 4A OSAA state rankings. The Pirates were ranked fourth in the state for its size.

Mac-Hi is now 14-0 on the season, and the Pirates stand at 12-1-1.

The Pioneers went scoreless for the first 22 minutes of the first half, and then knocked in four goals in the final 18 minutes of the first half.

"It usually takes awhile to figure out your opponent," Mac-Hi coach Jose Garcia said. "What their weakenesses and strengths are going to be. Riverside played hard the first 20 minutes, and then you could see them let down as we started scoring goals.

"Cristian Corona and Jose Herrera were subbed in after the first 20 minutes. They helped to get the job done that the freshmen just couldn't quite do in finishing their shots for goals. But my players all played hard."

Before Mac-Hi was able to score, they had 15 shots, five on goal.

The first four goals were scored by Oscar Flores, who had two, and one apiece by Corona and Herrera.

Flores struck first on an assist by Johnny Trevino. Trevino stole the ball from a boot off the foot of the Riverside goalie Edgar Llamas. Trevino then kicked the ball ahead to Flores, who dribbled around a charging keeper and tapped it into the back of the net.

The second goal was on a cross from Trevino to Flores, who tapped it back and into the middle to Herrera. He found the open net to left of the keeper.

The third goal was on a Flores cross to Corona, who booted into the back of the net.

Flores struck again on the fourth goal on an assist by Corona.

Flores took a couple of quick dribbles after the pass to the middle, and booted it in from point-blank range.

The Pioneers didn't waste much time after halftime to widen their lead, scoring on an unassisted shot by Corona up the left side, just two minutes into the final 40.

Three minutes later, Salvador Saldana used a cross by Roberto Sandoval to kick it past the Riverside goalie.

A penalty kick allowed Flores to score again - after a yellow card was issued to a Riverside defender inside the goalie box for tripping.

Moments earlier, Mac-Hi had been issued a yellow card for pushing.

The eighth goal was scored by Trevino on an assist by Flores.

Flores kicked it ahead and Trevino outran the defenders to reach the ball. Then he dribbled in on a 1-on-1 with the goalie and slammed it into the net.

Trevino scored the ninth goal, too, on a second assist by Sandoval. Trevino got the pass ahead of the defenders and knocked it in the goal against a charging keeper.

The 10th and 11th goals were scored by Flores, who finished with five goals and three assists in the game.

Corona scored the final goal, and finished with two goals and one assist.

Herrera and Trevino had two goals apiece, and Trevino also had two assists.

"Johnny finished with two goals, but he could have had more," Garcia said. "He is an explosive player that sometimes just puts too much pressure on himself. I try to get him to relax and calm down, but it doesn't always work."

The Pioneers' defense only allowed three shots, none on goal, in the game.

"Our defense was amazing," Garcia said. "It covered a lot of ground, understood each other, played together and tried hard. Hopefully we will continue to play the way we did today in the playoffs but you just never know."

Mac-Hi will host a playoff game Saturday. The time and opponent has yet to be determined.

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