MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi’ soccer team turned in a dominating performance in a 3-0 win over the Henley Hornets in a Class 4A state quarterfinal at Shockman Field Saturday.
The Pioneers out shot the Hornets 24-2 — half of which were on goal.
“From the start we kept possession of the ball and were passing good,” Mac-Hi coach Jose Garcia said. “We were more comfortable than last game. We wanted to win the ball. That is what we talked about in practice yesterday, you can’t let them have the ball.”
The Pioneers host Philomath, 1-0 winners over Molalla in the quarterfinals, at Shockman Field for the state semifinals Tuesday at 12:30 p.m.
The Pioneers fired off five shots, two by Juan Martinez, before finally scoring in the 22nd minute.
Neftali Cazarez passed ahead to Alex Saldana. He kicked a shot that got past the charging and sprawling Hornet goalie, James Goheen. A Henley defender deflected the ball just before it crossed the goal line.
Saldana was not to be stopped though, rushing the goal and putting it into the back of the net.
Mac-Hi led 1-0 going into the halftime.
The Pioneers had the one goal and 10 shots, three on goal in first 40 minutes.
“We missed a lot of shots,” Garcia said. “But I give a lot of credit to their goalie (Goheen). The shots that he stopped were amazing. He was an amazing goalie.”
Mac-Hi kept Goheen even busier in the second half.
The Pioneers scored twice and put nine shots on goal, 14 shots in all.
“We are in great shape,” Garcia said. “I see my team running all around and I don’t even need to sub. We pressure every single ball. We keep wanting to win and working hard as a team.”
Juan Pablo Martinez scored in the 51st minute for Mac-Hi. He was alone on the left side of the field, about 25 away, and placed a ball nicely into the left-hand corner of the net.
The Pioneers continued to fire away. Five more Mac-Hi shots followed, with two by Cristian Torres.
In the 63rd minute, Torres assisted Gerardo Robles on the third and final Mac-Hi goal.
“Everybody was moving, everybody was comfortable,” Garcia said. “We had confidence. If we keep that, we are going to do fine. We also need to keep our style. We can’t just start booting the ball. All we are going to do by booting the ball is chase it like crazy and get tired. So lets get possession and lets make them chase the ball and get them tired.”
“It is hard to predict how the rest of the season will go,” Garcia said. “We can only work hard and do our style of play. We take it one game at a time. There is always something more to work on.”