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Greyhounds celebrate senior night in top form

Grandview earns right to host playoff match on home pitch

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview soccer team celebrated the 21 seniors that will be parting ways with the team at the end of the 2013 campaign before making last night's final home match of the season memorable for those players.

The Greyhounds dominated the match against East Valley and celebrated the end of the regular season with a 6-1 victory.

Grandview's end of season record stands at 7-2 in CWAC play, 12-3 overall, giving the team the home field advantage over Selah in the first round of District playoffs this coming Saturday at 1 p.m.

Greyhound Coach Anne Holden said the coaching staff decided all varsity seniors would open last night's match against the Red Devils. Those players include Elmer Campuzano, Jairo Romo, Ruben Clara, Jesus Silva, Rodrigo Corona, Mauricio Torres, Freddy Hernandez, Javier Cardenas, Cesar Orduno, Ricardo Serrato and Martin Barragan.

The match remained scoreless through the opening half, but just two minutes into the second half of the match the 'Hounds began a scoring run.

Junior forward and leading scorer for 2013, Ismael Montes, "had a blinder," according to Holden.

Montes picked up on a cross from Victor Valencia to score the first goal.

"He (Montes) really made things happen," Holden said, noting he was credited for two goals and an assist last night.

The second goal was scored at the 45-minute mark when Valencia delivered a pass to Martin Barragan for the goal.

Eight minutes later it was Ruben Clara that connected with Montes to place the Greyhounds ahead 3-0.

Montes delivered the assist on the fourth goal. He booted the ball to Israel Gonzalez, who got it between the crossbars at the 66-minute mark.

East Valley was struggling against the Grandview offense, however the Red Devils were able to gain possession of the ball at the 68-minute mark on a penalty kick. Manny Lopez of East Valley capitalized on the opportunity for the lone Red Devil goal of the match.

One minute later, Grandview turned the tables on East Valley again. Ruben Clara maneuvered the ball past the Red Devil defenders and delivered it to Ricardo Serrato. Seeing an opening in the East Valley defense, Serrato hit pay dirt, giving the Greyhounds a 5-1 lead.

With just three minutes left in the match, Cardenas stepped up on a penalty kick opportunity presented to him by Montes. He scored his first goal of the season, giving the team, his friends and family members something to celebrate.

Clara, who delivered two assists, had two goals on the night, according to Holden. "Victor actually scored twice...but both goals were disallowed."

Campuzano, the team's keeper, recorded two saves. Teammate Jose "Cookie" Pacheco also recorded two saves.

East Valley had five shots on goal, while the Greyhounds had 14 scoring opportunities.

Red Devil keeper Gage Fereday denied Grandview five times.

"All in all, it was a great way to cap off the league season," said Holden.

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