PROSSER - Grandview High School boys soccer coach Anne Holden would have liked to have started the season off with a win. But Saturday's non-league game against 3A Prosser showed the long-time Greyhound mentor exactly what she wanted to know-that her team can play with the best of them.
The Greyhounds dropped a hotly contested 2-1 decision in overtime to the Mustangs.
"I told them (Grandview) we wanted to use the preseason to see what we got," said Holden.
What was notable about Saturday's game was that Holden used three freshmen in her line-up.
Both teams took a scoreless tie into the second half before Prosser's Eduardo Pedroza scored for the Mustangs at the 51st minute. The Greyhounds responded at the 65th minute when freshman Eric Torres scored off an assist from Abel Aguilera. Holden said Aguilera and Torres were using an inside-outside attack to move the ball up field. Aguilera hit Torres in the middle of the field when the Grandview freshman drilled the ball behind the keeper to tie the score.
"It was a great goal," said Holden.
Both teams then battled to a 1-1 tie to send the game into overtime.
"We felt at that point like we deserved to be in that situation," said Holden.
Prosser then scored the game winner four minutes into overtime. Holden said the Mustangs hadn't really had a touch on the ball in overtime until they scored on what was a hammering goal.
While both defenses played well, Holden said it was the battle in the midfield area where the ball was won.
Holden said while it wasn't a win for her team, Saturday's game showed her a few things about where her team stands.
"We had lots of scoring chances we didn't take advantage of," said Holden.
Holden also credits Prosser for playing a hard-fought game.
"We totally dominated them possession wise," said Holden. "Prosser was better than what I thought they would be. Prosser is a tough team."
The Greyhounds outshot Prosser 8 to 7 on goal.
Grandview keeper Gustavo Martinez had three saves while Prosser keeper Miguel Iztas had four.
Grandview (0-0, 0-1) plays host to Sunnyside this Tuesday night in another non-league game.
"It is going to be fun when we play those guys," said Holden.