Mac-Hi girls drenched in Scappoose

A rain-soaked field doesn't help the Pioneers in the 4-0 soccer playoff loss.

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SCAPPOOSE, Ore. - Scappoose scored a goal two minutes into the match and made it hold up in a 4-0 Oregon Class 4A girls soccer playoff victory over Mac-Hi Tuesday.

Scappoose, the Cowapa League champion with a 13-2 record, advances to the state quarterfinals against Molalla, which downed Klamath Union 4-2 Tuesday.

"It rained the entire time, field conditions were bad," Pioneers coach Martin Martinez said. "They got the early goal on us, and from there we couldn't play our game."

The Indians also knocked Mac-Hi forward Veronica Garcia out 60 minutes in, which caused the Pioneers to change their game plan.

Garcia, a freshman, scored 18 goals this season.

But Mac-Hi had its chances, Martinez said.

"Emily Childers had a 1-on-1 on goal with about 15 minutes left," he said. "But the keeper got it."

In the first half, when the Pioneers trailed 1-0, Mac-Hi had a header fly just right of the post.

"Everybody thought it was in," Martinez said. "We had opportunities. It wasn't like they (Scappoose) dominated the game."

The Pioneers finish the season 12-2-2.

"The girls had a good season, they had a good run," Martinez said. "I'm pretty proud of them, how far they got as a team."

The Pioneers lose seven seniors to graduation. Belen Betancourt, Childers, Stephanie Meza, Brittney Hall, Erika Torres, Ana Bueno Salazar and Shawney Garcia all played four years of varsity ball for Mac-Hi.

"They're going to be missed," Martinez said.

But 12 returning varsity players bodes well for the Pioneers, led by freshmen Veronica Garcia and Makia Carlson.

"The girls are pretty motivated for next year," Martinez said. "They're playing indoor soccer and over the summer. I think we'll be competitive next year."

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