Ontario soccer team out-shoots No. 1 team, falls in playoff match to end season

The Ontario High School soccer team picked off the state's top 4A team in the playoffs but lost in the next round on Saturday, Nov. 6 to close out the Tigers' season. (Submitted photo)

Coach Jaime Gonzalez told his Ontario soccer players that they were going to show they were the toughest 16th-ranked team in the state as they headed into the playoffs.

And they did just that last week, defeating No. 1 Stayton in dramatic fashion, winning the playoff game in the penalty period.

But the draining long play and travel back and forth took its toll three days later as the Tigers lost in the 4A state quarterfinals to Hidden Valley 1-0.

“We were so tired,” Gonzalez said.

The Tigers finished their season 7-6-3.

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