PREP SOCCER - Mac-Hi boys soccer team tops Scappoose in play-in

The Pioneers demolish Scappoose, 12-0, to advance in playoff action.


MILTON-FREEWATER - Mac-Hi's boys soccer team wasted no time demolishing the Scappoose Indians, 12-0, in an Oregon State Athletic Association postseason play-in match.

Just one minute into the game, Christian Zaragoza hit Oscar Flores on a cross and Flores headed it into the net from point-blank range.

Two minutes later, Flores headed another cross into the net, this time off an assist by Johnny Trevino.

"We got spaced out right and got the crosses right on target to Flores," said Mac-Hi coach Jose Garcia. "The goals were great."

Zaragoza fired a cross-shot of his own into the right side of the net, scoring the third Pioneer goal nine minutes in.

A minute later, Trevino made a steal and dribbled up the right side to boot in a fourth goal for Mac-Hi.

Flores completed a hat trick 15 minutes later on a header assist by Jaime Torres.

Forty seconds later, Roberto Sandoval received a pass from Jose Herrera and slammed it past Scappoose goalie Steven Davis.

Herrera and Flores knocked in Mac-Hi's seventh and eighth goals with 10 minutes to go in the first half.

Herrera was assisted by Trevino, who had three assists in the game. Sandoval assisted on the Flores goal.

After eight goals and 18 shots in 30 minutes, the Mac-Hi starters took the bench for most of the rest of the game.

Mac-Hi subbed freely and much of the second half was spent with younger Pioneers playing on the field.

"It was not much of a challenge from our opponent," Garcia said. "I was expecting more from the opponent, but I know the challenge will be coming some time soon in the state playoffs."

The second unit of the Pioneers did well, allowing no goals and taking 11 shots, five on goal.

The Pioneers scored three more goals without any starters on the field.

"We had to pull some of the guys out," Garcia said. "Then we spent the rest of the game just trying to possess the ball. Usually we are attacking and attacking. It is hard not to do that.

"Our subs could have maybe organized themselves a little better, spread out and passed a little better. But, overall they did great."

Luis Saldana scored the ninth Mac-Hi goal on an assist by Juan Pablo Martinez.

The 10th was tapped in by Martinez after a hard shot from Torres.

Flores scored his fifth goal to make it 11-0.

The final goal came from a Trevino corner kick to Francisco Carvajal, who booted a hard shot that grazed the bottom of the cross bar.

The last 10 minutes saw the Pioneers work exclusively on ball possession. The last ten minutes saw the Pioneers score no more goals, as they worked on possessing the ball deep in their own territory.

"We played with the ball at the end," Garcia said. "We became more aware of what it is like for our defense to possess the ball near our goal, under that kind of pressure. One interception and the other team can have a shot against your keeper. We needed to work on that, as we haven't been challenged near the goal much lately."

The Indians got off two of their four shots near the end of the game. Scappoose only managed one shot on goal, with Francisco Flores grabbing the save. Flores played all but the final 17 minutes, when Jessie Saldana subbed in.

The Pioneers boys play again Tuesday.


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