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Greyhounds literally give defending champ Wahluke win

MATTAWA - The defending 1A/2A State champion Wahluke High School boys soccer team didn't really have to do all that much this past Saturday to gain the win. Actually, Grandview was the one that helped the champs out the most.

The Greyhounds literally did all of the scoring for Wahluke in their 3-1 loss.

"We did it all for them," said Grandview Coach Anne Holden. "We were the best team out there."

Holden said she wasn't disappointed with the way her team played on Saturday, but rather with the mental errors the Greyhounds made.

"There are things we can do better," said Holden.

Sigi Pulido was credited with the first goal for Wahluke 90 seconds into the game. Holden said Grandview just didn't do a good job of clearing the ball. The problem was that the Greyhounds basically fed the ball to Pulido, who calmly tapped it into the net.

The Greyhounds were able to respond at the 24th minute of the first half when Jose Alvarado scored off an assist from Jesus Soto.

But, mental mistakes cost the Greyhounds again. At the 35th minute, a Grandview defender shielded off a Wahluke player, expecting keeper Manuel Herrera to come out and get the ball. Unfortunately, the ball ended up rolling between the legs of Herrera to put the Warriors up 2-1 going into the break. Aldo Zamora was credited with the goal for the Warriors.

The Warriors scored their only goal of the second half at the 58th minute when a Grandview defender went to deflect the ball, only to have it sail over the head of Greyhound keeper Gustavo Martinez, who took over in the box for Grandview in the second half.

Martinez did stop a penalty kick for the Greyhounds at the 78th minute.

Statistically, the game was pretty close, as the Warriors only out shot Grandview 7 to 6 on goal.

Holden said the game just boiled down to mistakes that Grandview made. Holden said her team is playing so well right now, the only thing that is missing is the luck that goes along with the bounce of the ball. She pointed out that in the second half the Greyhounds had three balls bounce off the crossbar.

"It (luck) will come," said Holden. "We were by far the superior team on the field.

The Greyhounds (3-3, 5-6) will have another tough test on their hands Tuesday night at East Valley.

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