The teams play with low intensity in the first half, catch fire in the second
Posted Monday September 8, 2008
HERMISTON - McLoughlin High Pioneers of Milton-Freewater traveled to Hermiston on
Monday to take on the Lady Bulldogs at Sandstone soccer field. The first half had
both teams lacking a successful scoring drive. Mac-Hi did control the ball in the
Hermiston zone for the majority of the half but couldn't score in part to the great
defense by the Hermiston goalie. Hermiston did put some pressure on towards the end
of the first half but couldn't get the ball into the net.
Both teams slowly turned up the pressure in the second half. About 13 minutes into the
second half Mac-Hi fired a header into Hermiston's goal to take a 1-0 lead.
Hermiston began spending more time in the Pioneer's zone with a lot of pressure by
(numbers two, three and four) along with others to score a goal. Finally about 28
minutes into the second half (number two) streaking up the middle and closely guarded
by two Mac-Hi players kicked one in from about 15 metres out from the net.
Hermiston continued to pressure the Pioneers during the rest of the second half but
couldn't come up with the winner.
Still it was good outing with Hermiston coming from behind to tie it and a great job in
goal by the Bulldog goalie.
LEFT - Hermiston made a number of nice drives deep into Mac-Hi territory in the first
RIGHT - Hermiston's goalie was kept busy blocking, catching and deflecting a barrage
of shots from the Pioneers throughout the match.
LEFT - Another Hermiston player drives towards the Mac-Hi goal.
RIGHT - Hermiston players try to overwhelm the Mac-Hi defenders and goalie in the first
half of the match.
LEFT - Mac-Hi players celebrate their goal at about the 13 minute mark of the second
half of the match.
RIGHT - Hermiston player number two drives to the goal about 20 minutes into the
These two photos show Hermiston player number two kicking the goal that ties up the
score at 1-1.
LEFT - In the closing minutes of the match Hermiston increased the pressure in an
attempt to score the winning goal. Here a Bulldog gets tangled up with the Mac-Hi
goalie but there is no goal.
RIGHT - A Hermiston player slides along the sideline to keep the ball in play deep in
the Mac-Hi corner.
Hermiston puts on the pressure all the way to the final whistle.