SELAH - A freak mistake that could have happened to anyone unfortunately happened to Grandview High School goalie Gustavo Martinez this past Tuesday night.
A ball that was sent back to Martinez from a teammate to clear had the misfortune of dribbling through the Greyhound junior's legs and into the back of the net. The unexpected goal was enough to give Selah a 2-1 Mid-Valley League win.
The Greyhounds dropped to 1-1 in league play and 1-2 on the season heading into tonight's game against Wapato.
"What they didn't have in individual talent, they made up for in work ethic," said Grandview Coach Anne Holden of Selah. "They just worked harder than us."
Holden said she felt her team was the more talented of the two squads, but Selah simply outhustled the Greyhounds.
Selah took a 1-0 first half lead when Viking Abe Martinez scored at the 36th minute off an assist from Jose Butler.
Grandview answered back in the 50th minute with a goal from Kevin Glasenapp.
With little time left in the match, Selah was able to capitalize on the misplayed ball by Grandview to get the 2-1 victory.
Holden said statistically Grandview dominated the game. The Greyhound coach said her team had 10 good touches on the ball, six of which resulted in direct shots on goal. Selah had only three shots on goal.
Juan Pacheco worked the box for Grandview in the first half and except for grabbing a few clean-up balls didn't have much to do in the first 40 minutes. Martinez had one save at goalie in the second half for Grandview.
Grandview had periods in the game where the Greyhounds excelled, said Holden. There was a spurt in the second half where Grandview was winning all the 50-50 challenges.
"We could have put them away again and again," said Holden. "But as luck would have it, we couldn't put them away."
Holden felt her Greyhounds didn't respond very well after the untimely goal that eventually gave Selah the win. She said with time still remaining in the game to tie the score her team spent a lot of time complaining and not handling well what had happened.
Holden added she felt the game shouldn't have come down to the misplayed ball that gave Selah a goal. She said during the game there were many times when her team seemingly paused out on the field. In the last 10 minutes alone, Grandview hit the crossbar three times and just missed scoring.
There were some bright spots for the Greyhounds. Holden said she felt the spacing on the field was excellent for the game. She also spoke highly of the play of right fullback Nestor Soriano, who was a play maker on the field.
After the game, Holden said she told her team it needs to decide on how it wants the season to go.
"A team that worked harder than us go the results," Holden said she told her team. "I told them how far do you want to go? How much work do you want to put in?"