MILTON-FREEWATER -- Mac-Hi took a match with The Dalles-Wahtonka and turned it into a clinic on how to take apart a soccer team.
The Pioneers (2-0-0) led 3-0 before the first 10 minutes were over, and 6-0 after the half. By the end, it was an 11-1 blowout that sent the visiting Eagle Indians back down the Columbia.
Mac-Hi placed second in Oregon's 4A tournament last year and has every intention of coming back for the championship game this season.
"We got scored on, so it's not that great," said Mac-Hi coach Jose Garcia of the Pioneers' win.
The Eagle Indians had just three shots on goal to Mac-Hi's 40, with the first coming at 16 minutes into the game. Their lone score came with 13:30 remaining on the clock, after a communication breakdown, Garcia said.
Oscar Flores scored first for the Pioneers at 37:10, and goals kept coming.
Flores and Roberto Sandoval scored twice, Johnny Trevino booted in three, and Jose Herrera, Alberto Rodriguez, Tony Martinez, Roberto Sandoval and Francisco Javier Carvajal nailed one each.
But Eagle Indian goalkeeper Hunter Woods still managed to protect the goal more than he left it, even as many of his defensemen were out of post.
After the first half, the Pioneers slowed the tempo and worked on passing and accuracy, Garcia said.
But they couldn't keep from scoring.
"We started to slow the game down," he said. "We didn't want the score to get too high. But when you're trying to keep possession, it doesn't make sense not to score."
Several times, the Pioneers paused before a shot to adjust position or ball control.
"We talk about the range of shooting and where they are, and I try to get everybody to practice that," Garcia said. "We're very serious about ball control in practice."
Although a victory like Tuesday's is nice, Garcia is hoping to challenge his team, like with Saturday's game against defending 3A state champion Oregon Episcopal School.
"We need a challenge," Garcia said. "I hope they can give it to us."
The Pioneers host Oregon Episcopal School at 3 p.m Saturday.