Shorthanded Greyhounds hold off Prosser

PROSSER - Minus four players due to injury, including leading scorer Sammy Villa, the Grandview High School soccer team still had enough to defeat Prosser 1-0 this past Saturday in CWAC South action.

Grandview broke through for the deciding goal in the 22nd minute when Cesar Barriga scored after a free kick by teammate Euladio Lua.

The Greyhounds had other scoring chances, including seven in the second half and 10 overall for the match.

"We had a fistful of chances in the second half," said Grandview Coach Anne Holden. "We had some great combo plays but our final shots were weak."

Meanwhile, Grandview keeper Teclo Perez only had to make three stops on the day, as the host Mustangs found themselves playing the Greyhounds' game.

"We were able to dictate our game," said Holden. "We kept possession and made them chase us, which is what we want to happen."

Holden said her squad played a much better game than in a loss to Quincy earlier last week. At the same time, an insurance goal on Saturday would have helped. "It'd be nice to have one or two more goals, because with a one-goal lead all it takes is one slip up."

First place Grandview (8-1, 8-2) next plays this Friday at second place East Valley, which is 7-3 in league play, in a match that could decide the CWAC South title.

Holden said all four injured players should be back at full strength for Friday's key tilt.

"There might be a district title right there," Holden said of the contest at East Valley. Grandview defeated the Red Devils the last time the teams squared off on March 18.

Holden said the lead up to Friday's match will include both training on the field, as well as some strategy off the pitch in watching game film and in scouting East Valley.

"We'll continue to work on our style of game and see if they've made any changes in their strategy," Holden said. A win this Friday will all but clinch Grandview's first boys soccer title since 1999.


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