BOYS PREP SOCCER
The Grandview boys soccer team maintained its league lead in the CWAC with a couple of wins last Friday and Saturday.
The Greyhounds (6-0, 10-3) remain one game ahead of Quincy in league play after defeating East Valley 1-0 last Friday and Selah 2-0 on Saturday.
Against East Valley the Greyhounds scored the lone goal of the match in the 37th minute. Victor Valencia found the back of the net for an unassisted score.
“We certainly had the better first half, and Victor was able to reward our efforts when he scored from long range just before the break,” said Coach Anne Holden.
Grandview was aggressive on the attack, but a flurry of yellow cards had the team backing off in the closing half, according to Holden.
She said that provided the Red Devils the ability to go on the attack, but East Valley was denied on each and every scoring attempt.
Greyhound keeper Antonio Garcia recorded three saves. His counterpart, Gage Fereday, had four saves.
Saturday’s match, too, was a battle for Grandview.
The Greyhounds and Vikings remained scoreless through the opening half.
“We work so hard off the ball for each other, creating pressure situations for our opponents…it was Selah’s turn to feel that,” said Grandview Assistant Coach Adrian Morales.
Grandview attacked the goal 13 times.
It was in the 50th minute that Greyhound Carlos Ramos broke through the Viking defenders to strike paydirt. He received a pass from teammate Israel Gonzalez and delivered the ball into the back of the net.
It was 18 minutes later when the second goal was delivered. Armando Vargas of Grandview dished the ball to teammate Alex Martinez, who sealed the deal as he got the ball between the crossbars.
Selah had just five scoring opportunities, all of which were denied by Garcia.
Selah keeper Joel Dallman was able to shut Grandview out 11 times.
Holden said Grandview defenders Israel Aguilar and Israel Gonzalez played a savvy match, continuously turning a defensive play into an offensive attack.
She said she is pleased with how well the Greyhounds have adjusted this season.
“We are learning how to win close games and how to strategically play smart,” said Holden.
Grandview this coming Thursday is scheduled to travel to Ellensburg for its next conferece match. The Bulldogs are 3-3 in CWAC action, 5-7 overall.