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Exciting close to Grandview soccer match results in 3-2 loss

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Grandview senior Taylor Hoffard attempts to gain possession of the ball as Red Devil defenders converge upon him.

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview soccer team again suffered a loss last night after an intense, but surprising match against East Valley.

The final score was 3-2 and Grandview Coach Anne Holden said she was thrilled at how the game played out.

She was saddened her team lost another match, but said it was an example of how exciting soccer can be.

The Red Devils had more possession time in the opening half, but the 'Hounds kept the visitors from capitalizing on any attempts to score.

The match remained scoreless at halftime, and it wasn't until the 43rd minute that either team was able to get the ball past the crossbars.

East Valley was the first to score. Tyler Thorndike gained possession of the ball off a pass from Alex Escalara for the goal.

Grandview stepped up the pressure and changed the momentum of the match at that point.

The 'Hounds answered seven minutes later. Taylor Hoffard booted the ball to Alex Guzman, who capitalized on the Grandview team's momentum and kicked the ball past the Red Devils' keeper.

The teams remained tied 1-1 until just past the two-minute warning.

East Valley's Jonathan Molina and Christian Molina paired up for another goal. Jonathan made the shot and scored.

It only took another 30 seconds for the Red Devils to earn a third goal. Escalara scored off a ricocheted clearance to give East Valley a 3-1 advantage.

Grandview fought back and Jesus Silva capitalized on a penalty shot 30 seconds after the Red Devils' final goal.

"No way did we deserve the final score to be 3-1, but we were prepared for the match to go into overtime," said Anne Holden, noting the action on the field was very fast moving.

"Soccer can change very quickly...it was exciting to watch and fans had something fun to watch," she said.

East Valley had 10 shots on goal, seven of which Grandview keeper Daniel Rodriguez kept from hitting the net.

The 'Hounds made seven attempts at the Red Devils' goal.

Grandview (1-7, 2-12-1) will tomorrow (Saturday) travel to Toppenish for the Greyhounds' final match of the season.

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