GRANDVIEW - "Mabton came out really hard," Grandview Coach Anne Holden said of this past Saturday's non-league match against the Vikings.
Mabton moved past the Greyhound defense and scored the first goal at the eight-minute mark. Viking Tony Espinoza attacked the goal to get the ball between the crossbars.
His effort, however, was not enough as Grandview answered with a goal by Ramiro Soto three minutes later. Soto got the ball past Mabton keeper Gerardo Barajas on an assist by Sam Villa to even the score.
That goal fired up the Greyhounds and was the beginning of what was to become a 5-1 victory.
Villa, who ended up scoring a hat trick on the day, got his first score on an assist by Hernan Guevara at the 29-minute mark, and Grandview held the 2-1 lead at the half.
The closing half had barely begun when Villa scored an unassisted goal 1:45 into the second stanza.
Barajas put the ball back into play and Miguel Valencia volleyed it back to Villa for another goal less than a minute later.
The final goal of the match came as a result of Grandview's efforts at getting the ball to Javier Cardenas. He scored on the Viking defense at the 64-minute mark.
Barajas kept six other balls from reaching the net and Grandview keeper Elmer Campuzano made five saves.
"The first half was pretty even...Mabton played us tough," said Holden, sharing she feels the match was good for both teams.
"All our hard work is paying off," she added.
Grandview (1-2, 2-3-1) tomorrow (Tuesday) hosts Toppenish and Mabton (2-4-1) hosts Highland this coming Saturday.