Friday, September 10, 2004
PROSSER - With the exception of the loss, Grandview High School girls soccer coach Anne Holden saw exactly what she wanted to see from her Lady Greyhounds last night.
Grandview, which dropped from the 3A Mid-Valley League this season to the 2A ranks, met up with a familiar foe in Prosser last night to open the season.
The Lady Mustangs used lone goals in the first and second halves to get past Grandview 2-1.
"I was very happy," said Holden.
The Lady Greyhounds scored first when Akane Tomizawa found the back of the net at the 13th minute of the first half. Tomizawa scored off an assist from Anna Tinta.
Hilary Moore scored towards the end of the first half for Prosser off an assist from Kelsey Crawford to tie the game. Prosser's final goal came with about 15 minutes left in the game, when Tami Laffey assisted Ali Garcia on a goal.
Holden said both goals by Prosser were solid shots. She said the Lady Mustangs did a nice job of connecting with one another to score.
Prosser outshot Grandview by a 10 to 4 margin in direct shots on goal.
Holden had a lot of praise for her goalie, Jessica Rodriguez, who had eight saves on the night. Holden said Rodriguez had some amazing saves against some hard shots on goal taken by Prosser.
The problem for the Lady Greyhounds offensively was numbers. When the transition was made from defense to offense, not enough of the Grandview girls made the break down the field to mount an effective attack.
"We had our chances to score, but we couldn't get the numbers up," said Holden.
Holden said what happened is that the Lady Greyhounds would get a fastbreak opportunity, but there wouldn't be enough players up to assist offensively. Prosser's defense would then simply overpower Grandview.
Overall, Holden said she was very proud of her team.
"I liked their work ethic," said Holden.
Holden added that her team set some goals, including scoring first, and accomplished that.
Prosser did a nice job of commanding the field, said Holden.
"They spread the ball pretty well last night," said Holden. "They treasured the ball better than we did."
The Lady Greyhounds (0-0, 0-1) will have their hands full next Tuesday with their first 2A league match against State tournament veteran Connell.
"They are going to be pretty tough," said Holden. "They are going to be pretty well prepared."