ELLENSBURG - Jesus Soto's hat trick helped lead the Grandview High School boys soccer team to victory in its Mid-Valley League opener this past Tuesday night.
Soto, who is a junior on the Greyhound squad, had three goals and two assists in Grandview's 7-3 win over Ellensburg. It was the first game of the season for the Greyhounds.
Teammate Pedro Alvarez also had a nice game, said Greyhound Coach Anne Holden, scoring two goals and recording two assists. Sophomore Rigoberto Guerrero had the other two goals for the Greyhounds.
Kevin Glasenapp and Jose Dominguez each had one assist for Grandview.
Holden split time in the box between Juan Pacheco and Gustavo Martinez. Pacheco had one save working the net in the first half while Martinez had two stops in the second half.
Grandview had 14 shots on goal, which pleased Holden.
"We are right on target," said Holden.
Ellensburg had six shots on goal. Holden said two of the goals scored by Ellensburg were from Manuel Magia, who took two punt-like kicks to find the back of the net.
The score at the end of the first half was 2-1. Holden said her Greyhounds had a tough time moving the ball in the first half against the always fierce winds that can be found in Ellensburg.
"We didn't expect the first game to be silky," said Holden. "But we had some good touches. We are exactly where we need to be."
Holden said what she really liked about Tuesday's game was the team chemistry her Greyhounds showed. Holden said for it being the first game of the season, Grandview was trying to work as a team with no one trying to out-do someone else.
"There is a real sharing atmosphere on the team," she said.
Holden said her team does need to work more on communicating better earlier in the game. She also would like to see the Greyhounds contest second chance balls more.
"We want to get to those," said Holden.
Holden said she was pleased with how her team took charge in the second half against Ellensburg.
"We felt if we could score a couple of goals on them in the second half we could put them away," said Holden.
Grandview (1-0, 1-0) will host Wapato tonight in another Mid-Valley League game.