MILTON-FREEWATER - The Mac-Hi girls soccer team beat the La Grande Tigers here Wednesday, 2-0, to retain first place in the Greater Oregon League over the Tigers.
The Pioneers now control their own destiny in the goal for a district championship with two games remaining on the regular season league schedule - hosting La Grande at 2 p.m. Tuesday and at Ontario Oct. 30.
"We would like to win out and get another district championship trophy," Mac-Hi coach Martin Martinez said. "But first and second in the GOL get to host a state playoff game."
The Pioneers' record is now 9-1-2 overall and 5-1-1 in the GOL.
The Pioneers scored a goal just before halftime.
The Pioneers fired off 15 shots before their first goal - in the 39th minute of the first half - by Veronica Garcia.
Garcia received a cross pass from Carol Trevino just to the left of the goal. Garcia slid and kicked the ball into the right-hand corner of the net past charging La Grande goalkeeper Hannah Moore.
The goal was Garcia's 16th of her freshman season.
"To be a freshman and to score that many goals, is great," Martinez said.
The Tigers managed just two shots in the first half, none on goal.
Both shots were by Haley White early in the game.
La Grande managed just six shots, one on goal, in the game.
The Pioneers took a total of 23 shots, 10 on goal.
"We're improving and playing our hearts out for teammate, Stephanie Meza, and her family," Martinez said, referring to a death in Meza's family. "We are passing the ball better and defending better. As well as scoring the ball better."
The second goal of the game was by Pioneer midfielder Emily Childers.
Thirty minutes into the second half, Childers made her way past defenders to dribble the ball all the way up the left side and shoot a shot past the La Grande keeper and into the net for the unassisted goal.
"Emily was looking for her shot more this game and defending," Martinez said. "She got three assists last game."
Childers took four shots that missed or were stopped, and had the one goal.
Belen Betancourt had seven shots, five on goal, from her midfielder position.
Mac-Hi goalie Kalyn Odman had to make only one save in the game as the Pioneer defense kept Tigers' shots off goal.
"We had really good defender play from Makia Carlson and Shawney Garcia," Martinez said. "Makia is just a freshman and is a really aggressive player with a big kick. Shawney has played really well after her move from midfielder back to defender."