Monday, September 17, 2012
PROSSER - It's not always easy to come from behind, but the Grandview Lady 'Hounds soccer team gave it their best effort this past Saturday in Prosser.
Unfortunately, the Mustangs' early lead, taken in the first 15 minutes of the opening half, was Grandview's undoing.
Prosser earned the non-league victory, 4-2.
It all began to unravel for Grandview when Alex Islas of the Mustangs scored a hat trick by the 16-minute mark.
Lady 'Hound coach Anne Holden said, "If that surname sounds familiar to Lady Greyhound soccer fans, Alex is the baby sister of four-year Greyhound varsity starter Isabel Islas, who graduated two seasons ago."
The coach said her team made some positional and intensity adjustments to storm back into the match behind two goals scored by Jamila Shafer before the halftime whistle blew.
Shafer in the 30th minute scored the first of the two goals when she "neatly slotted away a pass from fellow junior Miranda Ebbelaar."
Nine minutes later Oryian Matheny maneuvered the ball for what the coach described as "some great lead-up work" to get the ball to Shafer.
"Shafer was in for her second goal of the match, nonchalantly depositing the ball into the back of the net," said Holden.
Prosser maintained the 3-2 lead going into halftime.
"The Lady 'Hounds came alive and were unlucky not to have scored again before the half when Marissa Caballero cracked a shot off the crossbar with the Prosser keeper, Jamie White, well beaten," said Holden.
There were up to three more chances at the goal, but Grandview was unable to capitalize on the opportunities.
During the second half of the match, the Lady 'Hounds offense pressured the Mustangs' defense, outshooting Prosser 6-2.
The efforts were all for naught, however, as Grandview was unsuccessful in getting the ball between the crossbars to equalize the match.
Shafer earned a penalty kick deep into the closing half after being brought down in the box by White.
Matheny stepped in to take the shot, but White redeemed herself by blocking the kick.
With just five minutes before the final whistle, the Mustangs were able to slip past the Lady 'Hounds defense. Prosser's Toni Adams took advantage of the opportunity and booted the ball into the back of the net to give the Mustangs the 4-2 victory.
Overall Grandview had 15 shots on goal and Prosser had 11 opportunities to score.
Lady 'Hound Madison Trevino recorded seven saves, and White blocked 13 scoring attempts.
Grandview (3-3) will tomorrow (Tuesday) host Toppenish for the final non-league match-up of the season. This coming Saturday the Lady 'Hounds will enter league play against East Valley at home.