GRANDVIEW - Penalty kicks are a common part of any soccer game. But having four penalty kicks in one half of play is almost unheard of in soccer.
But, that was the scenario that unfolded this past Saturday in Grandview, as the Greyhounds beat Mid-Valley League rival Prosser 2-1.
All three of the goals scored in the game were off penalty kicks. Prosser missed a lone penalty kick that could have won the game for them in the second half.
"It was weird," said Grandview Coach Anne Holden. "You don't see that (four penalty kicks in one half) very often. It was frustrating."
Pedro Cesar Alvarez scored the first of his two penalty kick goals. Alvarez scored at the 58th and 78th minutes.
David Rodriguez had the lone penalty kick goal for the Mustangs at the 67th minute.
Grandview outshot Prosser 8 to 5 on goal.
Greyhound keeper Juan Pacheco had four saves, which included stopping a Prosser penalty kick late in the second half.
Holden felt the Greyhounds did a nice job of controlling play for the game. In the first half, the Greyhounds dominated play on the field, said Holden. She felt her team was able to control the tempo, but could never quite put together that play to score a goal.
"I think our guys always felt they were in control of the game," said Holden.
Saturday's game was also very different from a non-league game the two teams played earlier in the season. In the earlier game, Grandview let up on Prosser in the second half and the Mustangs came back for the win.
"We had no let downs like we did in that non-league game," said Holden.
Where Holden felt her team played well was in contesting the 50-50 balls. She also felt the Greyhounds did a nice job of reacting to plays.
The Greyhounds struggled against Prosser's style of play.
"Prosser has a very direct approach," said Holden.
Holden said the Mustangs like to make plays off of long balls, which can be hard to defend against without a quality backfield.
Holden praised the work of sweeper Ramiro Sanchez on defense. She said Sanchez was able to contest what the Mustangs were trying to do on offense.
Grandview (3-1, 3-2) travels to Hanford Tuesday. The Greyhounds beat the Falcons during a summer soccer tournament.
"Every game is different, though," laughed Holden.