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Grandview blanks Selah in league opener

SELAH - Opening CWAC action last night in Selah with a win gives the Grandview boys soccer team a great start for the season.

The Greyhounds defeated the Vikings by a score of 2-0.

Grandview Coach Anne Holden described conditions as nearly perfect.

She said the match was a tough battle from the beginning. The teams, she said, were competing neck-and-neck for every 50/50 ball, but the 'Hounds prevailed.

"The stellar teamwork between Ricardo Serrato, Cesar Orduno, Victor Valencia, Israel Gonzalez and Sam Cuevas was in evidence when they combined with deadly pace and slick passing combinations to create a scoring opportunity for Edwin Salgado in the 32nd minute," said Holden.

Salgado capitalized on that opportunity, controlling a right-foot volley strike that arrowed its way into the back of the net.

Grandview held the Vikings at bay, maintaining the 1-0 lead into the half.

Holden said the Greyhounds controlled and dictated the terms of the match, deserving the lead.

"Possession, first-touch control, accurate passing and fluid, pacey, off the ball running kept Selah off balance and unable to get into their own rhythm of play," said Holden.

The second half was similar in that the Greyhounds continued to control the match.

At the 61-minute mark sophomore teammates Valencia and Cuevas outplayed the Vikings' defense, which was collapsing around them. Cuevas put the ball away, giving Grandview a 2-0 lead.

"This seemed to energize Selah and for the next 19 minutes they threw everything they had at the 'Hounds in a valiant attempt to score," Holden said.

Selah threatened the Greyhounds on several shot attempts in the final minutes of the match, but Grandview's defense shut the Vikings out.

Combining defensive efforts were Jairo Romo, Jesus Silva, Rodrigo Corona, Ruben Clara and keeper Elmer Campuzano.

Holden commended them for "holding together and weathering the storm."

Midfielder Javier Cardenas caught the attention of the coaches with his performance against Selah, too.

"We have not seen Javi play the way he did in a long time...it was great to see him enjoy the game so much and play at such a high level again," Holden said.

The Greyhounds (1-0, 3-0) will tomorrow (Thursday) face off against the Grizzlies again in Sunnyside for another non-league rivalry match.

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