GRANDVIEW – For the second time in five days the Grandview Greyhound soccer team found itself in a shootout situation.
For the second time, the Greyhounds prevailed to win the match.
Last night’s match against Toppenish was filled with excitement. Both Grandview and the Wildcats were undefeated in CWAC play, which Greyhound Coach Anne Holden said lent to the fervor in the air.
Toppenish hadn’t allowed a team to score a single goal throughout its league campaign.
“The Greyhounds’ defense has not been too shabby either, allowing only four goals for the league season,” said Holden.
She said, “A tight match was expected and a tight match was delivered.”
Holden said the Wildcats placed a tremendous amount of pressure on the ‘Hounds. But, Grandview keeper Antonio Garcia and the defense kept Toppenish from securing a goal throughout regulation and two overtime periods.
“Antonio came up huge,” said Holden, noting Toppenish made five attempts at the crossbars, including a penalty shot in the 15th minute of the match.
“Antonio found a way to block it,” she said.
Fans were on their feet throughout the match, “…and, fittingly, the game ended in a scoreless tie at the end of regulation, as well as in both golden goal overtime periods,” said Holden.
The penalty shootout was the deciding factor for the match.
Grandview’s Carlos Ramos, Alvaro Flores, Victor Valencia and Fabian Lua all scored their shots, whereas only two of Toppenish’s players, Jorge Rocha and Isaac Lopez, were able to do the same.
“Again, it was Antonio who got the job done, saving two spot kicks during the shootout, totaling three penalty kick saves for the match…unbelievable,” said Holden.
The end result…a victory for the host Greyhounds, who are now 8-0 in CWAC play, 9-5 overall.
Grandview, currently No. 1 in the CWAC, will end the regular season at East Valley (3-4, 6-7) next Tuesday, May 6.