PROSSER – Last night’s match against league foe Prosser did not go Grandview’s way.
Lady ‘Hounds Coach Anne Holden said the anticipated re-match between the rivals wasn’t disappointing. Grandview knew it would be a difficult one considering Prosser won an earlier season non-league match-up by a 6-1 score.
Last night, the Mustangs earned a 5-2 victory over the Lady Greyhounds.
“It was the Lady Mustangs who got off to a quick start,” said Holden.
Prosser junior Luz Herrera struck a shot “that caught Grandview napping” at the 6-minute mark. She scored without assistance.
The Lady ‘Hounds battled to defend the goal after that shot, preventing the Mustangs from scoring again the rest of the opening half.
The second half of the match was even more intense as the teams scored a total of six goals in the final 40 minutes.
The first two goals in the closing half were also unassisted as Mustangs Rylee Suhadolnick scored 10 minutes after action on the pitch renewed, and Mattie Boyle scored a goal just six minutes later.
“Some slack marking on our part allowed Prosser to score twice early on in the second half,” said Holden.
Grandview rallied, though, to score two goals of its own.
Biviana Rivera of the Lady ‘Hounds maneuvered the ball past Mustang defenders and delivered a pass to Jamila Shafer, who capitalized on the scoring opportunity in the 60th minute.
Miranda Ebbelaar of Grandview scored just five minutes later, hitting a chip shot on an assist from Aressa Trevino.
The Lady ‘Hounds were down 3-2 with 15 minutes remaining on the clock. “The game looked set to become an epic struggle,” said Holden.
However, Grandview turned over possession of the ball too easily down the stretch. Holden had hopes that the Lady ‘Hounds had learned to work more closely together and would be able to hold off Prosser’s attack in the final minutes of the match.
That didn’t happen, though. Prosser’s Makensie Forsyth at the 72-minute mark and Jamie Fassler in the 76th minute both got the ball between the crossbars unassisted.
Those goals gave Prosser the 5-2 win.
“We have to play hard as a team for more than 15 minutes if we want to win games,” said Holden.
“We certainly have the potential, but we are struggling to stay mentally in the match.”
Holden said it is about the Lady ‘Hounds realizing their potential and showing a belief in themselves.
Grandview keeper Madison Trevino recorded six saves, while Prosser made 11 shots on goal.
Issy Thornbrugh of the Mustangs denied the Lady ‘Hounds six times on eight scoring attempts.
This coming Saturday Grandview (1-2, 3-6) will host Wapato at Rich Leenhouts Stadium.