MILTON-FREEWATER - The Mac-Hi boys soccer team beat La Grande, 6-1, to run its undefeated streak to 11 on the season.
It wasn't as easy as it sounded for the Pioneers, though.
The lead was only 2-1 at halftime.
"It was pretty close in the first half," Mac-Hi coach Jose Garcia said. "We came out not pressuring the ball and we started out slow. But we needed a game like this where we were challenged, because it serves as a wake-up call."
The Pioneers' first-half goals were scored by Oscar Flores and Roberto Sandoval.
Flores scored the first Pioneer goal and assisted on the goal to Sandoval.
Flores' first goal was unassisted after dribbling up the right side as he struck a hard shot into the goal from the middle.
The Pioneers' second goal, by Sandoval, was on a crisp pass from Flores to Sandoval across the front of the goal box and tapped into the open net by Sandoval.
Sandoval scored one more goal in the game, and Flores two.
Before the Pioneers would really attack the goal in the second half, the Tigers cut the lead in half with a goal of their own.
Chris Baird booted a shot past Mac-Hi goalie Francisco Flores, on a free kick from the top of the box. The Tigers' shot bounced off Flores, hit the crossbar and richoeted off Flores again into the net.
It was only the third goal allowed by the Pioneers all season.
After the intermission, Mac-Hi's Sandoval scored again on a crossing pass from Johnny Trevino.
Next, Oscar Flores scored on a dribble drive again across the middle of the box.
Trevino assisted on another goal to Oscar Flores on an a set-up right in front of the goal, past a charging La Grande goalkeeper that Flores slipped the ball past.
Finally, Trevino scored a goal of his own on a steal and shot into the right-hand corner of the net.
In the game, Mac-Hi had 29 shots - 10 on goal.
The Tigers had only four shots, and just one on goal.
Mac-Hi subbed in a different goalkeeper with 15 minutes remaining in the game, Ricky Angel, and he had the only Pioneer recorded save.
The Pioneers now have three games remaining in the regular season. The face La Grande again Tuesday at 4 p.m. at home before taking on Ontario and Riverside to close out the season.
Flores now has about half of the team's goals on the season with 54. That number alone is enough to hold the state record for a single season, held previously by Mac-Hi grad Victor Corona.
The Pioneers have almost 100 goals on the season, more than any other team in the state of Oregon.
Come playoff time, goals scored and difficulty of schedule will factor into the seeding and where game are played, said Garcia.