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Grandview pulls out overtime victory, 3-2

OTHELLO - "In a game marred with some contentious refereeing decisions, it was the 'Hounds that emerged victorious in overtime," said Grandview Coach Anne Holden.

Othello took the early lead this past Saturday, striking at the 26-minute mark. Midfielder Jason Rodriguez of the Huskies launched a pinpoint strike that stranded Grandview keeper Elmer Campuzano.

The Grandview offense, however, took over and launched an attack on the Othello goal, keeping the Huskies from scoring another goal throughout the opening half of the match.

Othello, however, maintained the 1-0 lead going into intermission.

Grandview didn't allow the break to slow the attack. The Greyhounds continued to threaten the Huskies' goal and were rewarded when Victor Valencia of Grandview scored at the 48-minute mark. Samuel Cuevas provided the assist.

Holden said it took some great combination and lead-up work to get the first Greyhound goal and the assist was gift-wrapped.

The Greyhounds weren't about to sit on that goal. They were determined to continue the fight, seeking to take the lead.

Working together Grandview was able to triumph again by continuing to work together and making the Huskies draw a penalty at the 56-minute mark. An Othello player was whistled for a handball and Grandview's Edwin Salgado scored on the penalty kick.

"The 'Hounds pushed for the goal that would put the match beyond doubt, but were denied by the wood work (crossbars) and some spectacular saves by Othello's keeper, Angel Rangel," said Holden.

The Huskies found a late equalizer at the 67-minute mark when Alec Alvarez passed the ball and Hugo Arvisu got in on the end of the pass.

The match was tied 2-2 at the end of regulation, forcing the teams into overtime.

Holden said, "Golden goal overtime went into effect."

Three minutes into the first overtime period Grandview freshman Israel Gonzalez provided a chip to Valencia, who put the ball away.

Grandview (2-0) tomorrow (Tuesday) travels to Selah for the first league match of the 2013 campaign.

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