GRANDVIEW - Last night's match against Selah may have been a league contest, but one wouldn't know it from the way Grandview and the Vikings played.
The teams squared off in what Greyhound Coach Anne Holden said was a tough contest. Her team, however, prevailed 2-1 after going into overtime.
The teams were neck-in-neck for every 50/50 ball, she said.
It was a scoreless, deadlocked match at halftime, but Grandview was the first to break through for a goal 10 minutes into the closing half.
Holden said it was power and tenacity that led to the goal, scored by Martin Barragan. He buried a shot after the ball was delivered to him by teammate Cesar Orduno.
"Selah kept hanging around, and their keeper, Abel Bautista, came up huge on several occasions to keep his team in the game," said Holden.
Bautista was credited for 11 saves overall.
"He flat out made saves, especially in a few one on one situations," Holden said of Bautista.
She said his defiance rubbed off on the other Vikings and Harland Bryant of Selah picked up on the mentality to equalize the match at the 73-minute mark. Brenan Ball provided the assist.
The goal sent the Greyhounds and Vikings into overtime, "...but it took the 'Hounds only 24 minutes to find the winner," Holden announced.
Barragan paired up with Ricardo Serrato after a "lethal six-pass attack" that the coach said was brilliantly strung together by her team.
Holden said Serrato was unselfish when he passed the ball to Barragan, "...who finally beat the desperate Bautista."
Keeping the ball from hitting the back of the net for the 'Hounds were Jose "Cookie" Pacheco and Oscar Prudencio. They combined for six saves.
The Vikings attempted to score seven times, and Grandview had 13 shots on goal.
Holden credits Ruben Clara, Jesus Silva, Jairo Romo and Mauricio Torres for a solid defensive effort. She said the midfielders also "worked tirelessly" to secure the win.
Grandview, 11-2 overall on the season, will travel to Toppenish tomorrow (Thursday), returning to league play.
The Greyhound JV, too, is having a good season with an eight-game winning streak. Future varsity player Lizardo Perez was credited for Grandview's two goals for a 2-0 victory over Selah. Carlos Ramos provided one assist to Perez.