PREP SOCCER - Mac-Hi girls soccer team nabs postseason win

The Pioneers top Banks, 4-1, in state play-in action.

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MILTON-FREEWATER - Mac-Hi's girls soccer team posted its first postseason win with a 4-1 defeat of Banks in a play-in game in the Oregon State Athletic Association playoffs.

The girls made it into the play-in game last season and lost 2-1. It was the first time the Pioneers saw the postseason.

"The girls worked hard just to make it to this game," said Mac-Hi head coach Martin Martinez. "They have been preparing for this run in the state playoffs no matter how long it lasts, after the district championship."

It took the Lady Pioneers 20 minutes and eight shots, including three on goal, before breaking through against the Braves.

Makia Carlson headed an attempt off a Belen Betancourt corner kick, which was knocked down by Banks' keeper Holly Dotson.

Carlson corralled the loose ball and booted it in for a 1-0 lead.

Just a minute later, a cross-ahead by midfielder Emily Childers was kicked out of the air by Veronica Garcia and past Dotson.

The Pioneers struck twice more in the second.

Childers scored unassisted at 55 minutes on a long rainbow kick from about 30 yards out. Childers' boot went just over the keeper's reach for a 3-0 lead.

Ten minutes later, Niome Martinez scored, ricochetting a Braves' block to Pioneer advantage.

The Pioneer girls took 24 shots and had 13 on goal.

Betancourt, named Greater Oregon League Most Valuable Player before the game, had seven shots and three on goal.

All three Mac-Hi captains, including Betancourt, Shawney Garcia and Emily Childers, were mentioned by Martinez as key players in the game.

"Our three senior captains all stepped up big time for us," he said. "Shawney on defense, and then the two midfielders controlling the ball and getting it ahead to the forwards to score."

The Braves took six shots, two on goal, and scored once on a shot by Lauren Birr.

Birr kicked a soaring shot from a throw-in about 45 yards away late in the game. The shot took one bounce and went high over backup Mac-Hi keeper Amanda Contreras.

Contreras was subbed in for the last 15 minutes of the game.

Starting keeper Kalyn Odman saved two shots on goal.

The Pioneers subbed liberally through the game.

"The game was a good experience for all of our players," Martinez said. "They all got to play and learn in the playoff atmosphere."

The Pioneers play Tuesday with time and location to be determined.

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