Pioneers drop La Grande from ranks of unbeaten

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MILTON-FREEWATER — Video study and hard work paid off for Mac-Hi Wednesday afternoon.

The paydirt? A 2-0 victory over previously undefeated La Grande in Greater Oregon League girls soccer.

“We knew of what they were capable of,” Mac-Hi coach Martin Martinez said. “Coming into the game my girls knew they really wanted to to get this win.

“They trained pretty hard Monday and Tuesday and watched video Monday, so the girls were pretty dedicated this week.”

Niomie Martinez scored both goals for the Pioneers.

Her first goal came in the 20th minute on an unassisted shot from the 18 yard line.

Martinez scored again in the 55th minute on a penalty kick from the 25.

“She took a hard shot and at the last minute it skipped and it went between the goalie’s legs,” Martinez said. “It slowly rolled in and gave us a 2-0 lead.”

Mac-Hi outshot the league-leading Tigers (9-1) 20-15 in the victory.

Ontario put a flurry of shots on goal in the closing minutes, but Samantha Tveidt saved the shutout with a flurry of saves.

“Samantha had an awesome game,” Martinez said. “There were three shots at the end of the game that could have been goals, but she made great saves.”

Mac-Hi (3-3 GOL, 5-3-1 overall) hosts Baker Saturday at 10 a.m. for its homecoming game.

“We went to Ontario on Saturday and I think that’s what got it started,” Martinez said of Mac-Hi’s aggressiveness. “We were down 3-0 and we just started passing the ball and attacking. I hope after this win, everything starts rolling for us and we can keep playing Mac-Hi soccer.”

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