GRANDVIEW - The Grandview High School boys soccer team continued its winning ways last night with a 3-2 decision over visiting Ephrata.
The Greyhounds (11-1, 11-2) secured the win after rallying from a 2-1 deficit.
Grandview's Cesar Barriga opened scoring with a goal in the sixth minute for a temporary 1-0 lead.
The Tigers took advantage of a couple of Grandview defensive miscues to score their two goals. Ephrata knotted things in the ninth minute with a goal. Ephrata then took the lead in the 49th minute with a goal to make it 2-1.
Grandview Coach Anne Holden said part of the problem was that her players may have relaxed too much with the combination of a league title wrapped up and senior night festivities.
Things turned around in the 56th minute when midfielder Euladio Lua scored his first goal of the season to tie things up at 2-2 for Grandview.
Lua, called "Bird" by his teammates, scored the goal on a free kick from about 22 yards out, Holden said. "As soon as Bird scored his goal we started to let the game flow," she said. "We had some great combination plays."
Ephrata continued to bring pressure on offense, though, and it was on a counterattack that Grandview found the deciding goal.
After Greyhound keeper Teclo Perez stopped an Ephrata goal attempt late in the game, Grandview went the other way. "It was a strong possession," Holden said of the momentum that led to Barriga's game-winning score in the 65th minute. After driving the ball up the left side of the field, Grandview's Bruno Cortez delivered a crossing pass in front of the Ephrata goal. The Tiger keeper turned away the ensuing shot attempt, but Barriga found the carom and found the back of the net for the deciding score.
Grandview closes out the regular season next Tuesday, April 29, at Wapato.
Between now and then, Holden said she's going to work with her team to cure the defensive miscues that contributed to Ephrata's two goals last night.
"We've just got to narrow the focus a bit more and not be complacent in the back," she said.