Mac-Hi girls draw with Ontario, fall to third in GOL

Ontario outshot Mac-Hi 20-7 but the Tigers never led the Pioneers in the 2-2 draw.

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Mac-Hi's Makia Carlson (left) and Ontario's Aidan Mahoney (right) battle for the ball during their match at Shockman Field Saturday.

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Mac-Hi's Veronica Garcia (right) reacts after scoring the Pioneers' second goal against Ontario.

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Mac-Hi's Micaela Epifanio (left) does some flying footwork around Ontario's Taylor Ramirez (right).

MILTON-FREEWATER - The Mac-Hi girls soccer team battled to a 2-2 tie with the Ontario Tigers Saturday at Shockman Field.

"I'm not sure what happened," Mac-Hi coach Martin Martinez said. "We are capable of doing more but it didn't happen today.

"Ontario wanted it more than us and a tie at home is like a loss to us. It is especially tough when they (Ontario) had to travel four hours and come to our field to play."

The draw drops Mac-Hi into third place in the Greater Oregon League, with a 2-1-2 record. The Tigers are now alone in second place with a 3-1-2 record.

The Lady Pioneers still have four league games remaining.

"If we win out we would take first place, but it is up to the girls to go out and play like they are capable of," Martinez said. "Realistically, we may just be fighting with Ontario for second place and a home playoff game in the first round of the state playoffs."

The Pioneers fought to a draw the last time they played Ontario, then on the Tigers' pitch. Mac-Hi hosts the Tigers one more time before the season ends.

Mac-Hi goalkeeper Kayln Odman had 13 saves, but it wasn't enough to keep the Tigers at bay.

"Odman is a good goalie," Martinez said, "We definitely needed her today just to work the tie with Ontario.

"Ontario is really competitive with us," he said. "Every time they play us they bring their ‘A' game. It is a really good rival match."

The Tigers out shot Mac-Hi 20-7, with 13 shots on goal. The Pioneers had four shots on goal.

The Pioneers were out shot but led 1-0 and 2-1 in the game and never trailed.

"We did have leads in the game," Martinez said. "When we got ahead, we just got too comfortable, too relaxed and let them back into the game."

The Pioneers didn't take a shot in the game until the Tigers had already fired off seven of their own.

Eighteen minutes elapsed in the first before Mica Epifanio found Niome Martinez open in front of the goalie box.

Martinez corralled Epifanio's pass and booted a shot into the back of the net for an early 1-0 advantage.

Ontario answered three minutes later with a goal of its own.

Alya Yano hit a perfect cross to Meghan Kameshige in the front of the goal. Kameshige knocked it in at point-blank range to make it 1-all.

Mac-Hi landed three more shots on goal before halftime, but was not able to score.

A minute into the second half Veronica Garcia broke loose up the middle of the field and angled a shot to the right and past Tiger goalie Emilee Brockette to make it 2-1 with 39 minutes left in the game.

The Pioneer defense bent but did not break for 24 minutes before the Tigers broke through and scored with 15 minutes remaining in the game.

Yano found Daliha Santanna on a cross and Santanna booted it past Odman to tie the match.

"The slow start and the lack of focus late in the game might have been in part due to it being homecoming today," Martinez said.

"We've already talked to the athletic director and we're not going to schedule games on the day of the homecoming dance next year. Some of the girls were thinking about other things, like the dance, and not soccer today."

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