Wednesday, March 28, 2012
SELAH - Despite the wind and rain yesterday, the Grandview boys soccer team was able to prevail in a league match against Selah, 4-3.
"We knew it would be a tight competition," said Greyhound Coach Anne Holden.
Referencing a non-league 2-1 loss to the Vikings at the beginning of the season, she said the Greyhounds were prepared for a battle on the field.
"The wind and rain made it more exciting, but we stuck to our game plan," said Holden of the win.
Grandview dominated the opening half of the match with eight shots on goal.
Greyhound freshman Samuel Cuevas scored his first goal of the season in the 28th minute. It was made possible with the assistance of teammate Ramiro Soto.
Grandview had a 1-0 lead at halftime and Ricardo Serrato took advantage of the momentum going into the closing half.
The ball had been in motion for just six minutes when Greyhound Edwin Salgado gained possession on the Viking end of the field. He kicked it to Serrato, who capitalized on an open opportunity.
Selah, however, was not going down without a fight. It took only six minutes before the Vikings had Grandview defending its own goal.
Ivan Balbuena of Selah spotted an opportunity to kick the ball to teammate Eliseo Montiel. The ball met Montiel's foot, was booted and made it past the crossbars for the Vikings' first goal in the match.
Selah, experiencing a spark of hope, returned to the Grandview goal 10 minutes later to tie the match 2-2. Uriel Bustos of the Vikings scored without assistance.
The Greyhounds were undaunted and rallied to score a goal at the 67-minute mark. Victor Valencia scored on an assist from Rigo Corona.
Grandview scored again in the 74th minute when Cesar Orduno spotted teammate Alex Guzman near the net. Orduno kicked the ball to Guzman, who lobbed it past Selah keeper Abel Bautista.
Bautista was responsible for 10 saves.
The final goal was scored in the last minute of the match by Selah's Garrett Glover.
Grandview keeper Elmer Campuzano recorded six saves.
"In the second half the players were tired and the weather had its effect," said Holden, who said she was proud of how the Greyhounds worked as a cohesive team.
The Greyhounds (2-0, 3-3) tomorrow (Thursday) will travel to Mabton for a non-league match-up.