BOARDMAN, Ore. - Youth and inexperience derailed Mac-Hi here Wednesday afternoon as the Pioneers dropped a 5-0 girls soccer match to Riverside.
"We lost five middles and one defender to graduation," Mac-Hi coach Martin Martinez said. "We're trying to plug some of our jayvee players into our varsity lineup and it's been a challenge.
"It's been a rough start for us so far," added Martinez, who also saw his team lose to The Dallas last week in its season opener. The Pioneers will try and turn the course of their season around Tuesday when they entertain Riverside in a rematch.
"They are kind of our rivals," Martinez said of the Pirates. "We beat them 7-1 last year and they were all out for revenge Wednesday."
Riverside stormed to a 4-0 halftime lead, but the Pioneers regrouped at the break and outshot the Pirates 9-2 in the second half.
Two of Mac-Hi's shots came off the foot of Cariss Carillo and bounced off the crossbar.
"If those two shots had gone in, and if we had taken care of some one-on-one situations, the score might have been a lot closer," Martinez said. "But I was pleased with the way the girls talked it up at halftime and stepped it up in the second half."