CORVALLIS - Mac-Hi's soccer season came to a disappointing close here Saturday as Philomath edged the Pioneers 1-0 in a shootout during the quarterfinal round of the boys Class 4A state playoffs.
Mac-Hi finished its season with a 13-3-0 record while Philomath advances to this weekend's semifinals against Molalla with a 13-1-3 mark.
"Philomath is the No. 1 defensive team in the state, and it was a defensive game," Mac-Hi coach Jose Garcia said. "They've allowed just one goal this entire season."
Mac-Hi's defense has been a strong suit as well. The Pioneers allowed just four goals the entire season, including Saturday's shootout when Philomath outscored Mac-Hi 5-4 in penalty kicks.
In this weekend's other Class 4A semifinal, it will be Stayton vs. Phoenix. It was Stayton that ended Mac-Hi's season a year ago in the state semifinals.
Seven seniors - Francisco Flores, Roberto Sandoval, Alberto Rodriguez, Saul Villegas, Christian Zaragoza, Francisco Carvajal and Alberto Garcia - played their final game for the Pioneers on Saturday.
Alberto Garcia is the third and youngest son of Jose Garcia to play for the Pioneers. Emanuel Garcia, 29, was responsible for getting his father into the coaching ranks 22 years ago as a 7-year-old, and Fabian Garcia, 24, played on the first of Mac-Hi's four consecutive state championship teams in 2005.
Coach Garcia had indicated earlier that he might "go out" with his youngest son. But he's having second thoughts.
"I expect to be back, unless they don't want me," he said. "I love doing this and I worked so many years to bring the program to where we are.
"No, I can't give it up. I will probably die first."