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Grandview beats East Valley in league opener

MOXEE - The Grandview boys soccer team defeated East Valley 6-1 this past Saturday in the Greyhounds' first league match of the season.

Greyhound Coach Anne Holden has always emphasized taking advantage of scoring opportunities in the first few minutes of a match, and her team did just that Saturday.

Grandview's Victor Valencia scored the first of his two goals at the 8-minute mark to give his team a 1-0 advantage.

It took just five minutes for the 'Hounds to score again. John Campuzano scored the first of his two goals on an assist by Valencia.

East Valley was hungry for a goal of its own. The Red Devils gained possession in the 23rd minute and Carlos Zamora took advantage of the moment, kicking the ball to Chad Morrow. Morrow saw an opportunity to score and got the ball past Grandview keeper Elmer Campuzano for East Valley's lone goal of the match.

Undaunted, the Grandview boys battled back and Valencia scored on a free kick in the 35th minute of the match.

Teammate Ricardo Serrato was the next to score. He would have two goals by the end of the match, but at the 36-minute mark, Serrato had a clean scoring opportunity and got the ball past the crossbars unassisted.

The 'Hounds led 4-1 at halftime.

"There was a turning point at minute 60," said Holden.

She said the Red Devils had possession of the ball and was awarded a penalty kick that could have changed the momentum of the match.

"The wind had picked up and East Valley was pressuring us," said Holden.

"The mindset would have given East Valley an advantage had they been able to score."

She said a goal would have given the Red Devils "...a whiff of possibly winning, but we shut the door."

Elmer Campuzano kept the ball from making it past the crossbars on the free kick.

"That caused a mental shift," said Holden, stating the Greyhounds exerted more pressure following that moment.

At the 66-minute mark, John Campuzano scored on an assist by "Junior" Silva.

The final goal was made in the final minute of the match. Alex Guzman lobbed the ball to Serrato, who capitalized on the scoring opportunity to finish the match.

"Everyone dished in," Holden said of the match, giving the Grandview boys credit for executing teamwork.

The Greyhounds had 12 shots on target and East Valley had five shots on goal.

"It makes it easier when we make half chances into full (scoring) opportunities," said Holden.

Elmer Campuzano had four saves and East Valley's two keepers combined for six saves.

"It's a great way to start league play," Holden said.

Grandview (1-0, 2-3) will tomorrow (Tuesday) face the Vikings in Selah for its second league match-up.

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