GRANDVIEW – The Grandview Greyhounds are having a good start in league play, winning their second match played this week.
Last night (Thursday), the ‘Hounds defeated visiting West Valley 3-2.
“(The match) was a clash of totally different game strategies,” said Grandview Coach Anne Holden.
She said West Valley’s defense was strong, thwarting Grandview’s offensive threats in the opening minutes of the match.
“After some tight combination play, Grandview sophomore forward Alvaro Flores broke into the penalty area where he was brought down and earned a penalty kick for his team,” said Holden.
Senior Fabian Lua capitalized on the opportunity to score the opening goal in the 11th minute.
That spurred the ‘Hounds, who had more freedom to attack at will.
“Soccer matches are ultimately won by scoring and not by the number of shots or amount of possession a team might have,” she noted.
Grandview was able to convert some good scoring opportunities, said Holden. She said a solid build-up play led to those opportunities.
“It was very entertaining,” she said.
The ‘Hounds capitalized on a second scoring opportunity when Alejandro Martinez maneuvered the ball past the Rams defenders just prior to the halftime whistle. He delivered the pass on a cross to Israel Gonzalez, who hit the back of the net.
The Greyhounds led the game 2-0 at intermission.
The insurance shot was safely ensconced between the crossbars in the 51st minute. That’s when Martinez chased down two defenders who were in possession of the ball. He pressured the Rams into a mistake, giving Flores an opening shot. Flores delivered on the opportunity to secure the match, 3-0.
“We are beginning to put together two complete halves now, which will always make a difference,” Holden said of Grandview’s win.
She said it also helps to have a complete roster.
Tomorrow (Saturday) The Greyhounds (2-0, 3-5) will travel to Ellensburg.