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Falcons topple Greyhounds

WEST RICHLAND - The Hanford High School boys soccer team must still have bad memories last night of a game the Falcons lost badly to Grandview over the summer.

The Falcons came full throttle at Grandview last night and surged out to an early 2-0 lead on their way to a 3-1 victory.

The loss dropped Grandview to 3-2 in Mid-Valley League play and 3-3 on the season. The Greyhounds head to Sunnyside this Thursday.

"That is going to be a fun one," said Grandview Coach Anne Holden.

Holden said she is looking forward to Thursday night's game and then Saturday's contest at home against West Valley.

"It gives us a chance to get the yard stick out to see where we stand," said Holden.

The first half of last night's game against Hanford was probably a bit of a blur for the Greyhounds. Holden said Hanford came out hard and attacked. She added that the Falcons have several bruising, big players on their team that can be intimidating to come across.

"They (Hanford) are better than you expect them to be," said Holden. "They play very simply."

Holden said Hanford does a nice job of moving the ball and attacking. Where the Falcons excel, said Holden, is their ability to find the open spot on the field. Holden said the Falcons can move the ball, bring up the opposing defenders and then kick it to a teammate down field in the blink of an eye. Holden said in the first half her players lost track of the open Hanford players, which the Falcons took advantage of on the field.

Hanford came at Grandview so hard that in the first four minutes Greyhound goalie Juan Pacheco had two saves off hard kicked balls.

The Falcons got their first goal at the 11th minute on a kick that slid past Pacheco because of the wet ground.

Holden said the rain made the playing conditions difficult.

The Falcons then scored at the 31st minute on what Holden said was a very nice play in the midfield from Hanford's Jason Reno.

Leading 2-0 at the half, Hanford's Jared Akres scored at the 68th minute.

Abel Aguilera scored Grandview's lone goal at the 71st minute from an assist by Pedro Cesar Alvarez.

Holden said her team played much better in the second half. She said the last 15 minutes of the game, the Greyhounds were camped out on the Falcons' side of the field.

"We played tentative," said Holden. "They certainly handled the ball better than we did. We could have been a little sharper. But we made a nice recovery in the second half."

Hanford outshot Grandview 10 to 5 on goal. Pacheco finished with seven saves.

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