Pioneers play Pirates to 1-all tie

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Mac-Hi's Dulce Torres (6) makes a left-footed clearance behind the reach of Riverside's number ten Tuesday evening at Shockman Field.

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Mac-Hi forward Veronica Garcia (No. 14) touches the ball with her left foot at the same moment the Riverside goalkeeper gets a hand to it in the goal area Tuesday evening. Garcia fell backward from the tackle and onto the ball just in front of the goal line. She was able to get up and slip the ball into the back of the net to put the Pioneers up 1-0 over Riverside. The game finished 1-1.

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Mac-Hi's Micaela Epifanio (2) keeps an eye on the ball as she brings it under control off her shoulder Tuesday evening during the Pioneers' game against Riverside.

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Mac-Hi's Makia Carlson (15) heads the ball up-field during the Pioneers' game against Riverside Tuesday afternoon.

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Mac-Hi's Beca Betts (8) fends off a slide tackle from a Riverside player during the first half of the Pioneers' game against Riverside Tuesday afternoon.

MILTON-FREEWATER - The Mac-Hi girls soccer team wanted revenge for a 5-0 whipping at the hands of Riverside last Wednesday, and Tuesday's rematch at home was its chance.

In typical soccer fashion, it was a 1-1 draw.

Although it wasn't for lack of trying, Mac-Hi coach Martin Martinez said.

"We dominated most of the game," Martinez said. "We outshot them 20-7. We came out fired up and they (the players) really wanted revenge."

Milton-Freewater was the first to draw blood, scoring on a Veronica Garcia goal with an assist from Mica Epifanio five minutes into the second half.

Several minutes later came the equalizer, as the Pioneer defense broke down and Riverside managed to put the ball past goaltender Kaylyn Odman.

Odman was on fire in the match-up despite the goal, denying the Pirates on six other shots-on-goal, even after taking a big hit.

"(Odman) was the most important player today," Martinez said. "There was a 1-on-1 situation and the ball got away from the (Riverside) forward, both (Odman) and the forward went for the ball, and she got the cleats in the face."

In the final minutes of the match, Mac-Hi sent a barrage at the Riverside net, but could not push the ball over the line.

"In the last two minutes of the game, we sent everyone forward," Martinez said. "We wanted to win that game."

Martinez said, despite being a draw, the game was a confidence booster for the Pioneers.

"Both teams played hard," Martinez said. "Riverside didn't give up, but my girls stand their ground at home."

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