YAKIMA - After five years without a District championship title, the Grandview soccer team was ready and willing to defeat the Rams this past Saturday at West Valley.
The Rams went into Districts at the top of the CWAC standings, and Grandview had suffered a regular season 1-0 loss to West Valley. But, it was Grandview that ended up with the District championship title after scoring a 2-0 victory on Saturday.
The Greyhounds were determined to claim a title, jumping into this past Saturday's match-up with full force. Grandview began the attack early and often. There were two near scores by Greyhound Ismael Montes.
Despite those two shots being off-target, Grandview Coach Anne Holden said those shots were the beginning of an offensive display that would have the Rams scratching their heads.
Montes made up for the misses by dishing the ball to Ricardo Serrato in the 16th minute.
Serrato didn't let the scoring opportunity slip past him, booting the ball into the back of the net.
Grandview didn't slack off after taking a 1-0 lead. Instead, the team doubled its efforts and six minutes later Greyhound Cesar Orduno delivered the ball to Victor Valencia on a 25-yard long distance pass.
Valencia turned up the speed and flew past the defenders to put away the shot.
"We could not have drawn it up any better," said Holden.
"We knew if we could post an early score it would be difficult for West Valley as they are very defensively oriented," she said.
The Greyhounds and the Rams battled throughout the remainder of the match without another goal.
Holden was pleased with Grandview's efforts, especially given the fact that the Greyhounds shut down the CWAC offensive MVP, Moises Navarro. She attributes that effort to Jesus Silva, Ruben Clara, Jairo Romo and Rodrigo Corona.
To secure the shutout at the District championship match, Elmer Campuzano denied West Valley's six scoring attempts.
Rams keeper Dakota Borchart recorded seven saves on the Greyhounds' nine shots on goal.
Grandview will tomorrow (Tuesday) host the Knights of East Valley-Spokane at Rich Leenhouts Stadium for the first round of 2A State tourney action. The match will begin at 4 p.m.
Students and seniors will be admitted at the cost of $6. Adult tickets are $8 and children under the age of 5 are admitted for free.