Greyhounds earn non-league tie

GRANDVIEW - In an effort to maintain the health of their players, Grandview and Wapato ended this past Saturday's soccer match in a 2-2 tie.

Grandview Coach Anne Holden said the two teams could have gone into extra time, but both teams had players who were cramping.

Otherwise, Holden was overall pleased the 'Hounds took lessons learned last week against Selah and put them to good use against the Wolves.

Grandview opened Saturday's match with the first goal in the first minute. The 'Hounds moved through the Wolves' defense and Cesar Orduno lobbed the ball to Eric Martin for the first goal.

Wapato was not to be deterred, however. The Wolves battled back and forth with Grandview before getting the ball to an uncoevered player. He kicked the ball past the crossbars to tie the match 1-1 in the 32nd minute.

The game remained tied at halftime but Grandview took the lead at the 50-minute mark.

Taylor Hoffard of the Greyhounds gained possession of the ball and passed it to Jesus Silva, who aimed it right past the Wapato keeper.

Unfortunately, said Holden, the 'Hounds let off on the pressure.

"Every time we cleared the ball in the final 10 minutes we stopped the pressure," said Holden.

She said that provided Wapato opportunities.

"Wapato walked the ball off the pitch to put themselves into scoring position," said Holden.

That led to Wapato's No. 10 scoring a penalty kick with five minutes left in the match.

Holden said the Greyhounds are still working on improving the game. "We need to continue to being a threat offensively," she said.

She also said her team needs to work on conditioning, but both goals scored by the 'Hounds were made possible by "great team play."

Grandview, she said, is fun to watch. As a coach, Holden feels the season looks promising.

On another note, Holden said the Grandview JV team defeated Wapato 3-2.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) Grandview will travel to Prosser for a non-league match-up. That match is the first of three to be played this week.


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