NACHES VALLEY - The good news for fans of the Grandview High School soccer team is that the Greyhounds ended their 2005 campaign on a winning note. The bad news is that the Greyhounds' season is just that, ended.
Despite pounding Naches Valley 4-2 this past Saturday and Royal losing to East Valley, the Greyhounds will not be going to the postseason. Both Royal and Grandview finished with 5-5 league marks and 15 points apiece. However, the Greyhounds (7-8 overall) were eliminated from the postseason on the fact Royal had beaten them earlier in the year.
Grandview actually helped out Royal by beating Naches Valley because the Rangers would have taken the final playoff spot with a win over the Greyhounds. Naches Valley had beaten Royal earlier in the season.
"We had to make sure we took care of our business," said Grandview Coach Anne Holden.
Holden said she wanted to make sure the team went out on a bright note.
Holden said her team has been playing exceptionally since spring break, but it boiled down to the fact that the Greyhounds didn't win the games they should have won earlier in the season.
"I was very proud of the way we played (on Saturday)," said Holden.
The Rangers got on the board first, when Roberto Aragon scored in the fifth minute. Holden said her keeper held tough, as Naches Valley attacked the box, taking three shots on goal. Unfortunately, Grandview was only able to stop two of those shots in that series.
The Greyhounds, though, answered back with four consecutive goals.
Cesar Alvarez scored the first of his three goals off a penalty kick in the 18th minute. Alvarez was credited with the second goal off a corner kick he took that the Ranger keeper accidentally knocked in.
With a 2-1 lead at the break, Alvarez added an insurance goal at the 42nd minute off an assist from Everardo Armenta. Alvarez added an assist to his outstanding afternoon, helping Jesus Soto knock a goal in at the 56th minute. Aragon scored again for the Rangers at the 63rd minute.
The Greyhounds dominated the game offensively, outshooting Naches Valley 12 to 6 on goal.
Holden said she couldn't have asked more from her players in the last few weeks than they gave her.
"This is how you finish," said Holden. "You finish as a winner. There is always next year and that is a good thing."