GRANDVIEW - With the playoffs nearing it is a shame last night's crucial Mid-Valley League pairing between the Grandview High School boys soccer team and Hanford came down to what some thought was less than stellar officiating.
The Greyhounds very much outplayed Hanford, but lost 1-0.
Grandview (5-6, 6-7) travels to Wapato this Saturday. The Greyhounds then host Ellensburg on senior night on Tuesday before ending the regular season next Saturday at home against Sunnyside.
"The game itself was really great," said Grandview Coach Anne Holden.
Holden said she had some issues with how the game was officiated.
The lone goal of the game came at the 12th minute of the first half. The Falcons ran a set play, but on the same series a Hanford player was clearly offside and impeding Greyhound keeper Juan Pacheco. Holden said the officials allowed what she viewed as an offsides call to stand because the player in question didn't score the goal.
With about 17 minutes left in the game, the Greyhounds looked as if they tied up the game off a throw-in from Kevin Glasenapp. The ball sailed into the net past Hanford's keeper off the throw-in to seemingly tie the score. But the officials didn't allow the goal because they say it didn't deflect off any other player.
The game was marred with weird officiating calls. On several Grandview throw-ins, the official let Hanford players stand right on the baseline, impeding the player who is throwing in the ball. The rule states that a player doing a throw-in can't be obstructed in any way, said Holden.
The end of the game, said Holden, the officials didn't catch what she thought was a clear foul inside the opposing box. Holden said her player, Fernando Aguilera, was fouled right at the end of the game and should have been awarded a penalty kick, but the officials didn't make the call.
There were several other calls that seemed to make no sense in watching the game. At different times in the second half, the center officials called fouls against the Greyhounds that made little sense, agreed Holden.
Officiating aside, the Greyhounds played an outstanding game. Grandview excelled at blocking out Hanford from developing any kind of prominent offensive attack. Hanford excels at passing the ball and linking together on drives. What Grandview did last night was deny the Falcons the sides of the field and took away crossing plays Hanford might look to develop on goal.
"We locked them in," said Holden. "I thought we did a very good job."
Defensively, Grandview stood out, said Holden. She felt her defenders looked sharp in keeping track of each of the Hanford players, not allowing them to break loose.
Holden said she was particularly impressed by the play of her midfield.
"I feel like our midfield basically outplayed their midfield," she added.
The Greyhounds spent much of the second half on the opposing side of the field. The problem for Grandview came from not being able to finish off an attack. The Greyhounds could never seemingly get the right player in the right place at the right time to score.
Holden said her team now faces a character test following last night's game. She is anxious to see how her group rebounds from the Hanford game.