Pioneers fall after two overtimes

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MILTON-FREEWATER — The McLoughlin-Union High School boys soccer team fell in an season-ending state play-off quarterfinal to the Sisters Outlaws Saturday at Shockman Field, 4-3 on penalty kicks.

The game was knotted 2-2 at the end of regulation and 3-3 after two 10-minute overtimes. The Outlaws edged Mac-Hi in penalty kicks, 7-6.

“You do what you can,” Mac-Hi coach Jose Garcia said. “The guys played smart and left everything on the field.”

Mac-Hi jumped out to a 1-0 lead with eight minutes remaining in the first half on a Cristian Torres goal.

Halfway through the second half, Sisters’ forward Jake McAllister lofted a ball over of Mac-Hi goalkeeper Cristian Ceja to make it 1-1.

The Pioneers retook the lead with seven minutes left when Torres was fouled in the goalie box and scored on the ensuing penalty kick.

But Sisters tied the game at 2 three minutes later with a free kick of its own after a Mac-Hi handball. McAllister cashed in for his second goal of the game.

Mac-Hi, which never trailed in the game, again took the lead, 3-2, when Sergio Alvarez scored with 3:37 left in the first overtime.

McAllister struck again however, notching a hat trick with his third goal just before the end of the first overtime to extend the game.

“That guy that they had, (McAllister), had a lot of speed and was strong in the air,” Garcia said. “He is quick too. We tried, we tried to keep him occupied and marked up.”

“He (McAllister) is the real deal,” Sisters coach Ryan Reynolds said. “He has an endless motor, he is going to keep trying to get in there and score goals. The goals were clutch today. We needed them bad.”

Neither team scored in the second overtime, leading to a dramatic shootout.

Mac-Hi’s Torres, Alex Saldana, Eduardo Corona, Moises Manon, Carlso Epifanio, and Enrique Ibarra all scored in the shootout.

Sisters’ kickers Gabe Willitts, Evan Rickards, Jardon Weems, Colton Mannhalter, Jadon Bachtold, Billy Biggers and Trent Marks scored for the Outlaws, with Keenan O’Hern making the game winning save.

“He (O’Hern) is solid,” Reynolds said. “He is first-team all-league this year. He is quick, smart and he was just waiting for his opportunity. Last week, we had a ‘PK’ shootout and he had a little confidence from that win.”

“It was a great season for us,” Garcia said. “With the group that I have now, we made a great run. It could have gone a little farther.”

Reynolds complimented Mac-Hi after the close game.

“I’m really impressed with their program, “ Reynolds said. “Jose (Garcia) is a great coach. I love playing them because I know it is going to be a great soccer game. They are really skilled, have great tactics and they play well.”

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