PROSSER - Talk about being thrown for a loop.
The Grandview High School boys soccer team literally stunned Prosser last night in the Greyhounds' 2-0 shutout.
Grandview scored 28 seconds into the game and Prosser was never able to recover, as the Greyhounds went on for the win.
"I turned around to find a seat and then everyone started yelling and cheering," laughed Grandview Coach Anne Holden.
Holden said the early goal changed Prosser's game plan right off the bat.
Grandview's Abel Aguilera had the first goal for the Greyhounds off an assist by Abel Merez. Holden said her team did a good job of taking the opening ball and moving it effectively against the wind.
"We threw Prosser for a loop by scoring so early," said Holden. "No one expected it."
The Greyhounds' other goal came at the 72nd minute from Gustavo Martinez.
"We had one at the beginning and one towards the end and missed a whole lot in between," said Holden.
A telling statistic in the game was the shots on goal. Holden keeps two different statistics for shots on goal. One is direct shots on goal that the keeper can actually stop. Grandview outshot Prosser 9 to 5 on direct shots. But the standout statistic was the overall shots on goal, meaning shots that either went wide or over the box. The Greyhounds dominated this area, outshooting Prosser 20 to 8.
Holden said the biggest difference in the game was the composure of her team, in particular the Greyhounds' defensive unit of Kevin Glasenapp, Nestor Soriano, Jose Saldana and Ramiro Sanchez.
Greyhound keeper Juan Pacheco had five saves while Prosser's keeper had seven saves.
Grandview (5-4, 6-5) will have its work cut out for them next Tuesday, as the Greyhounds travel to West Valley. Grandview upset West Valley at home just before spring break.
"I am expecting they are going to come out very, very angry that we upset them," said Holden. "They are going to want to prove a point that we shouldn't have won that game."
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