Mac-Hi girls fall to Brookings in penalties

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BROOKINGS, Ore. — Mac-Hi’s girls soccer season came to an end Saturday at the hands of Brookings-Harbor in a 2-1 play-in loss that ended in penalty kicks.

The Pioneers (6-6-1) battled swampy field conditions that played havok with Mac-Hi’s ability to run its offense, coach Martin Martinez said.

Brookings’ first goal came in the 15-minute mark when the Mac-Hi failed to clear a ball thanks to said conditions.

“Falling behind to Brookings was frustrating because we knew we were a better team,” Martinez said, “but we just could not play in those conditions.”

Mac-Hi outshot the Bruins (11-4) 29 to seven, but weren’t able to get on the board until Veronica Garcia scored in the 77th minute.

“We controlled more of the second half,” Martinez said. “We were just knocking and knocking but we could not get it in the back of the net.”

After two scoreless 10-minute overtime periods, the game went to penalty kicks where Brookings won 4-2.

“We have never been in that situation before,” Martinez said referring to the penalty kicks. “That was kind of a problem.”

Samantha Tveidt made seven saves in the loss before coming out with an injury.

Alejandra Olmos made 2 saves in her stead after coming in with 10 minutes to play in regulation.

The Pioneers graduate five seniors: Niomie Martinez, Becca Betts, Kariss Carrillo, Carol Trevino and Valeria Ley.

“I’m really proud of them,” Martinez said of his team. “We didn’t move on to the next round, but we gave it all this season. I wish the best to the seniors who are moving on, they will be missed.”

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