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Greyhounds romp past Selah, 7-2

SELAH - Greyhound sophomore Sammy Villa scored a goal in his sixth consecutive match, and the Grandview High School boys soccer team won its sixth consecutive contest last Saturday in a 7-2 romp over Selah.

Grandview took control of the CWAC road match early on, with three goals in a span of 11 minutes.

Stevie Jacobo got things started for Grandview with a goal in the 15th minute off an assist from Jose Garcia.

Villa followed with two goals, in the 17 and 26 minutes, with assists from Jacobo and Euladio Lua, respectively.

"We started fluidly, we just played really well," Grandview Coach Anne Holden said of her team's fast start. The Greyhounds scored on 50 percent of their goal attempts, a tough feat in soccer. Grandview connected on three-of-six attempts in the first half and four-of-eight in the second.

That's not to say the host Vikings didn't try to answer, making it a 3-1 contest just two minutes before the halftime break.

At the break, Holden told her players to take care of business in the second half. "Selah tried valiantly to get back," the coach said.

The back breaker for Selah came just four minutes into the second half, when Grandview's Jorge Magana scored on a crossing shot attempt that somehow found its way into the back of the net.

"The game was won after we scored the first goal in the second half," Holden observed.

From there, the rout was on as Bruno Cortez scored for the 'Hounds in the 53rd minute on an assist from Oscar Guerrero, and Guerrero then found the net himself with an unassisted goal in the 58th minute.

By that time, Holden had long before emptied her bench, subbing in reserves in waves of six at a time.

Grandview keeper Teclo Perez recorded four saves on the day, but Selah did manage to score its second and final goal in the 71st minute. Greyhound Carlos Valencia put the icing on the cake with a goal in the 75th minute on an assist from Lua.

Holden attributed some of her team's season-best effort on having a week off between matches. "Guys with nagging injuries are back at full strength," she said. "The focus (in practice) was on taking our opportunities. I told them they've played the game long enough to know you only get so many (scoring) opportunities."

Grandview (6-0, 6-1) had a lesson in missed opportunities in its previous match on March 27 at Othello. Despite dominating the Huskies on the stat sheet, the Greyhounds needed 10 shootout kick attempts to win the contest.

By comparison, Saturday's big win was a walk in the park.

"It's amazing how the pressure decreases," Holden said of her team's scoring effort at Selah. Of the Othello match, she added, "The pressure increased with every chance, it got more and more tense."

Teamwork also played a part Saturday, as six different Greyhounds scored.

"What really stood out was their unselfishness," Holden observed. "It's a luxury to have 15 or 16 guys to pull in and out (of the match) and know they can play equally well."

Holden called the Selah contest the "first complete game we've played where I felt we showed up for both halves." She added, "It was just the way you draw it up, the x's and o's. I told the guys to enjoy it, because it may not look like that the next time out of the paddock."

That next time is tomorrow, Tuesday, when Grandview hosts Ellensburg.

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