Mac-Hi boys soccer team routs Hermiston

Oscar Flores scores four goals and has an assist in the 9-0 shut out of the Class 5A Bulldogs Saturday.

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MILTON-FREEWATER - Senior striker Oscar Flores scored four goals and had one assist in a 9-0 Mac-Hi Pioneer boys soccer victory against Hermiston here Saturday.

"I'm happy to beat a bigger school, 5A Hermiston," Flores said. "It was fun, but it wasn't my school ball career-high. I had six goals in a game last year."

Senior midfielder Jose Herrera scored three goals in the bashing of Hermiston.

Freshman forward Jaime Torres and sophomore striker Juan Pablo Martinez scored the other two goals, one apiece.

"After the victory, I told the guys not to get a big head," Mac-Hi coach Jose Garcia said. "We don't know what is out there waiting for us.

"Schools like to target us, to use us as a good test," he said. "They like to play us and beat us to gain confidence going into the playoffs. So we need to continue to work hard and practice hard."

Roberto Sandoval led the Pioneers in assists with two and had three shots on goal.

Mac-Hi had 24 shots, 16 on goal.

Senior Bulldog goalkeeper Connor McMichael had all 16 saves for his team.

"Hermiston's keeper (McMichael) actually had a good game," Garcia said. "He had quite a few saves, but he couldn't do it all by himself.

"The Bulldogs played well the first 20 minutes of the game, Garcia said. "But then they ran out of gas. A couple of their guys kept playing hard. I don't know what happened, usually we don't score this much against them."

In the first half, the Bulldogs took only two shots, neither on goal and both by sophomore forward Orlando Guzman. One of his shots sailed high right and the other high left over the goal post.

Flores scored the first two Mac-Hi goals unassisted, on the dribble drive, across the front of the goal box past and around several defenders to hit the shots.

Both shots were grounders shot right to left diagonally, one bouncing off the goal post and into the net. The other shot was just out of the reach of the diving goalie.

After Flores' goals, Herrera took over and scored two of his three goals in the first half.

On the first Herrera goal, the ball was passed from Flores to Johnny Trevino to Herrera, right in front of the goalie with quick, short passes, and then booted into the net.

"We were able to move the ball around and control it," Garcia said. "I was afraid of how it was going to work because this was our first game of the season. It turned out to be a good start to the season, everybody played well and I was proud of our team."

The second Herrera goal was assisted by Christian Corona. Herrera faked left and shot right to fool the goalie into diving the wrong way.

After the 4-0 halftime lead, Hermiston showed some signs of lif. The Bulldogs got credit for four shots in the second half, two on goal.

The Pioneers rotated in all three of its goalies throughout the game.

Francisco Flores played goal the entire first half. Flores wasn't put to the test with any good shots, but he intercepted several crossing passes before Hermiston could take aim.

Ricky Angel and Jessie Saldana split goalie duties in the second half. Each made a save and caught some crossing passes.

Mac-Hi travels to The Dalles Tuesday for a 5 p.m. match.

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