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Granger gets a dose of Greyhound soccer

After Tuesday night's lopsided league loss to Highland, Grandview High School soccer coach Anne Holden had a talk with her troops.

"We talked about how we were so up and down out of the blocks," said Holden.

Well, last night, the game wasn't much different for Greyhounds, but the good news was Grandview came out of the blocks firing.

Grandview had a dominating first half against Granger last night on their home field, blasting the Spartans 4-1. In fact, the outcome of the game was basically decided in the first 15 minutes.

"We didn't expect to have that many goals that quickly," said Holden.

Abel Aguilera and Jose Saldana came out and scored back-to-back unassisted goals for the Greyhounds in the first and fourth minutes. Grandview's Manuel Cuevas scored the third goal for the Greyhounds at the 10th minute off an assist from Saldana. The final goal of the game for Grandview came at the 14th minute from an assist by Cuevas.

"It was nice to see them out there (playing) that way," said Holden of Cuevas and Saldana.

Alan Barajas put the Spartans on the board right before the end of the first half, scoring at the 36th minute.

Grandview dominated shots on goal, outshooting the Spartans 18 to 10.

The problem Holden had with her players was their performance in the second half. The Spartans very much dominated play in the second half, said Holden.

"I was very impressed with the way they (Granger) continued to play in the second half," said Holden.

One telling statistic of the Spartans' efforts in the second half was the amount of shots on goal Granger took. The Spartans had only one shot on goal in the first half compared with nine in the second half.

Holden, though, did have praise for the effort of her boys in the first half.

"In the first half, they just played really well," said Holden.

Holden said Grandview was able to run the field at will, connecting with one another like they had been doing it all their lives.

Grandview keeper Javier Magana had six saves. Holden said about halfway through the second half, Magana stopped a penalty kick that could have gave the Spartans some momentum.

Holden also had accolades for the efforts of Granger goalie Juan Salgado, who had nine saves.

"He made some really good saves," said Holden. "We were pounding it in at him in the first half.

The Greyhounds (2-1, 2-3) will play a non-league game this Saturday at 3A Selah. Holden said it is going to be a tough game at Selah against a competitive Vikings team. Holden said the key for her team will be putting together two solid halves of soccer.

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