OTHELLO - The Grandview High School boys soccer team (5-0, 5-1) kept its CWAC league record perfect last night, but it took 10 shootout kicks to get the job done against Othello.
Grandview and the host Huskies were knotted 1-1 at the end of regulation play Thursday and, after a scoreless overtime session, had to resort to a shootout to settle things.
The Greyhounds missed their first shootout kick, but knocked home the next four as both teams were tied after the first five kicks. That extended the shootout for an additional five kicks, until Othello missed on its 10th try and Grandview midfielder Jose Garza found the back of the net by beating the keeper on the right side of the goal with a low shot.
"It was perfect. It was low, solid and into the side netting, which is where you want to aim," said Coach Anne Holden. Garza was mugged by his teammates after the match-clinching strike, Holden said. "Of course they threw water all over him," she laughed.
"We were talking yesterday (Wednesday) that we need to work on our shootout routine because we hadn't practiced yet," Holden said of the fortuitous decision to fine tune shootout kicks just a day before her side would have to take 10 of them.
"I'll take the win, but I think we can play better and not have to put ourselves through that," Holden added.
The numbers show that Grandview had the stronger match, outshooting Othello 11 to 5 in regulation and 2 to 0 in overtime.
Sammy Villa scored Grandview's lone regulation goal with a score in the 13th minute of play that was set up by Cesar Barriga.
Othello answered in the 37th minute on a corner kick to knot things at 1-1, and that's where the score stayed until the decisive shootout goal.
"That gave them a new lease on life," Holden said of the Huskies. "We dominated them, but not on the scoreboard."
Holden said the Greyhounds had four direct shot attempts at the Othello goal, but either hit them over the cross bar or the kicks were stopped just short of the goal by Othello's keeper.
"Give Othello credit, they hung in there," Holden said. She added that Othello was Grandview's first road match, and the different shaped Husky pitch did have an impact on her players' timing.
Grandview returns to action a week from this Saturday, April 5, at Selah.