As of Wednesday, May 7, 2014
MOXEE – A blustery setting didn’t deter the Grandview Greyhound soccer team in last night’s regular season finale against host East Valley.
Grandview clinched the CWAC title, the first since 2008, with a two-match advantage over Toppenish (7-2) with an undefeated (9-0) league record after defeating the Red Devils 2-1 last night.
East Valley needed a victory Tuesday night to advance to Districts and proved it was hungry for that final postseason spot with a strong attack in the opening half the match.
The Red Devils drew first blood just 13 minutes into the match. Edgar Iniguez delivered the ball to teammate Cesar Pena, who hit his mark for the goal.
“East Valley certainly had the better first half…they won the 50/50 balls that we were reluctant to,” said Grandview Coach Anne Holden.
She said that one goal was East Valley’s reward, but Grandview had another half to prove it deserved the No. 1 position in league standings.
“The ‘Hounds were able to keep things together and went into the halftime break behind by just one goal,” said Holden.
It is at that point that she gave Grandview one of her animated pep talks, telling the ‘Hounds they needed to capitalize on scoring attempts “…to finish what they started eight games ago.”
Holden said, “We gave them clearer focus and purpose for the second half of the match.”
Having an unblemished record is not easily accomplished, “…and it was right there in front of them,” said the coach.
East Valley’s defense valiantly defended its goal for the first 26 minutes of the second half. But, the tides shifted and Grandview equalized the match at the 66th minute mark.
That’s when junior Sam Cuevas of the ‘Hounds dished the ball to teammate Victor Valencia for the goal.
With just minutes left on the playing clock, Grandview’s Alexis Correa delivered the game-winning goal without assistance from any of his teammates.
“That was a crazy, wind-assisted, lucky goal for us,” said Holden.
She said it was gut-wrenching for East Valley keeper Gage Fereday, who had the ball covered, slipped and couldn’t recover as the ball found its way past the crossbars.
“All-in-all, it was a great way to cap off our league season,” said Holden.
She said the underclassmen stepped up, making a big statement last night.
Jonathan Mata, Israel Aguilar, Fernando Palencia, Alex Martinez, Jaime Laurel and Alexis Garcia “…combined well with our core,” said Holden.
Next Tuesday, May 13, the Greyhounds will host the winner of this coming Saturday’s loser-out tilt between Selah and Ellensburg.
The Greyhounds ended the regular season with a 10-5 overall record.