MILTON-FREEWATER - "The Hermiston Bulldogs were vicious," Mac-Hi girls soccer coach Martin Martinez said. "They played really aggressive. I expected them to be more tactical, but they were not."
Out of the 10 fouls for either pushing or tripping, one turned out to be really costly for the Bulldogs. It led to the only goal scored by Mac-Hi in the 1-1 final tie.
Midfielder Emily Childers tapped the foul kick from the top of the goal box to Belen Betancourt, who was standing next to her, in the 18th minute of the match.
Betancourt then booted the diagonal shot over Bulldog goalkeeper Hope Butler's head to tie the game.
Hermiston scored in the 16th minute from about 10 yards out on a crossing pass from Jaime Gardenia to Mikaela Rodriguez, who kicked it into the net.
Mac-Hi was whistled for five fouls, but neither team received a yellow or red card despite the busy officials.
A close offsides call on Bulldog shooter Aguayo Angel negated a goal that was kicked in the 26th minute of the first half.
Mac-Hi's keeper Kayln Odman had one gem among the seven saves she had in the match. In the 22nd minute of the first half, the Bulldogs' Angel shot at Odman at point-blank distance and the keeper dove to the right side to bat it out of the goal.
Butler also made a great save to preserve the tie in the 30th minute of the first half. The Pioneers' Veronica Garcia got a pass out ahead of everyone else, dribbled to the goalie and shot just as Butler pounced. Unfortunately for Mac-Hi, Butler was able to jump on the ball and make the save.
Butler made seven saves in the game for Hermiston.
Mac-Hi's Garcia had five shots in the game, four on goal.
The Pioneers' Mica Epifanio had six shots, three on goal.
As a team, the Pioneers had 15 shots, seven on goal.
The Bulldogs totalled 12 shots, seven on goal.
The tie drops the Pioneers to one win and one tie on the season. They play again Monday at 5:30 p.m. at Riverside.