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Grandview on four-match winning streak

BOYS PREP SOCCER

EPHRATA – Since starting CWAC league play the Grandview Greyhounds have remained undefeated.

Last night the ‘Hounds were able to hold off the Ephrata Tigers for a 2-1 victory, bringing Grandview’s record to 4-0 in league play, 5-5 overall.

Grandview Coach Anne Holden said, “Our first half was one of our best so far this season.”

She said the ‘Hounds made the match easy, scoring two goals in the first 20 minutes of play.

“We hit targets and effortlessly moved the ball around the pitch…the guys really put it together well,” said Holden.

The first goal was delivered 15 minutes in by Grandview’s Victor Valencia. He took a pass from teammate George Lara and hit pay dirt.

“Ephrata barely had time to settle down before Valencia was at it again,” said Holden.

Fabian Lua of Grandview gained possession of the ball just four minutes later and delivered the pass to Valencia for the second goal to give Grandview a 2-0 lead.

“The timing of both the run and the pass was so in sync that the defense was helpless to defend it,” Holden said.

“From the viewpoint of the scoreboard, the Greyhounds’ match against Ephrata looks close…but it was far from that,” she said.

Holden said Ephrata’s keeper, Leo Garcia, didn’t have an answer for the Grandview attack.

The Greyhounds played havoc on the Tigers’ defense, attacking regularly.

However, Garcia was able to better guard the back of the net after Valencia’s second goal.

It wasn’t until the last minute of the match that Ephrata was able to get the ball between the crossbars. Ray Pichardo of the Tigers scored in the 79th minute without assistance.

Grandview tallied a total of 15 shots on goal, whereas Ephrata made just five scoring attempts.

Garcia denied the Greyhounds 13 times and Grandview keeper Antonio Garcia made four saves.

Holden said Grandview’s defenders played solidly and she is pleased with the end result of the match.

Grandview will tomorrow (Thursday) compete in Prosser.

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