Monday, September 11, 2006
PROSSER - The Grandview High School girls soccer team continued to struggle, losing Saturday to Prosser, 6-0.
"One of our key defensive players was missing," Grandview Assistant Coach Ronda Penwell said.
She was speaking of Allison Grow, who was away for Grandview's Junior Miss duties. Penwell said she switched some players around to adjust to having one of her top players gone.
She put Danica Rodriguez in Grow's spot and added another player, forward Anna George, to the defense to protect the goal.
It didn't matter.
"Prosser has really good ball handling skills," Penwell explained. "They use the whole field. Sometimes it was like there was two Prosser players for every Grandview player."
The Mustangs took a 3-0 lead into halftime.
Penwell talked to her team at halftime and laid out what they needed to work on to change things around.
To start the second half Prosser scored two quick goals in succession to take a 5-0 lead. After that, the Lady 'Hounds started to settle down.
"The score doesn't reflect it but we did play better in the second half," Penwell said. "It was good for our team that we got to work on the things we wanted to approve on at halftime."
Grandview keeper Araceli Delgado had another tough game as she was constantly attacked.
"She had quite a few shots on goal but she saved a lot of them," Penwell said. "She had a solid game."
Another Lady Greyhound who caught the attention of the coach was Anna George. George helped out on offense and defense.
"She's nice to have," Penwell said. "She's one of those players you can put anywhere. She did a good job."
The Lady Greyhounds (0-1, 0-2) will next host Wapato Tuesday, Sept. 12.
"We're just trying to get better as we go along," Penwell added. "We'll get there."