BOYS PREP SOCCER
SELAH – The Selah Vikings defeated visiting Grandview last night, 3-1.
Greyhound Coach Anne Holden said the playing conditions were windy, but both teams played hard and battled one another to compete “…neck-and-neck for every 50/50 ball.”
The Vikings drew first blood in the 13th minute of the match. Gabe Tyrell delivered a pass to Pablo Lamas for the goal.
Holden said the Grandview defenders got caught in possession deep in their own penalty box and the Vikings took advantage of the opportunity.
“The ‘Hounds settled themselves after the setback and surged forward, looking for the equalizer,” she said.
“Victor Valencia, Antonio Munoz and Ismael Montes all found the woodwork on shots that had the Viking keeper beat, but the framework denied them,” said Holden, stating the three Greyhounds made an honest scoring effort, but the ball deflected off the crossbars each time.
Selah moved the ball back up field and struck pay dirt again before intermission. Viking John Harrington capitalized on a pass by Mitchell Bishop to score in the 38th minute, giving Selah a 2-0 lead.
The teams went back to work, battling one another for 16 minutes after the half. It was in the 56th minute that Selah scored a goal for insurance purposes. Lamas delivered the ball to Jorge Gordilla, who capitalized on the momentum.
Grandview’s Ismael Montes scored the lone goal for his team. In the 66th minute he was brought down in the box and was given a free kick. He took the shot and got the ball between the crossbars.
“We kept hanging around and deserved to score. We made their keeper, Joel Dallman, come up with some huge saves to preserve the lead,” said Holden.
Dallman made nine saves overall.
“If we had been able to cash in on a few of the chances we created, the game would have changed,” Holden said.
Grandview had 10 scoring opportunities, whereas Selah had six.
Greyhound keeper Antonio Garcia recorded three saves.
“We are getting closer to the level of performance we want…in fact, I would say we are frustratingly close,” said Holden.
Tomorrow (Thursday) the ‘Hounds take to the pitch at Rich Leenhouts Stadium against Sunnyside in a non-league rivalry match-up.