Granger wins, but other teams struggle

Sunnyside’s Chastitee Garza scrambles past West Valley’s Kendra Hanses for control of the ball as Vivan Ramos (13) rushes in to help with the attack.

Photo by Jennie McGhan
Sunnyside’s Chastitee Garza scrambles past West Valley’s Kendra Hanses for control of the ball as Vivan Ramos (13) rushes in to help with the attack.



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Kameran Rodriguez of the Grizzlies attempts to keep West Valley’s Lilly Fetzer from gaining control of the ball as Erika Santiago (22) moves in.

— The Grizzlies were the only girls soccer team playing at home last night, but there wasn’t any home field advantage against West Valley (Yakima).

The Rams dominated on offense throughout the match, ending the first half with a 3-0 score. They tacked on another 4 goals to end the match with a 7-0 win.

The Lower Yakima Valley team to win its soccer match was Granger. The Spartans secured a 7-2 win over Goldendale.

Also playing last night was Mabton. The Vikings were scheduled to host Connell, but instead traveled to the Eagles’ turf and lost, 3-0.

Granger 7, Goldendale 2

The Spartans entered the pitch with determination.

Anahi Collas was the first to score. She hit the back of the net in the first minute of play off an assist by teammate Julie Salgado.

Goldendale battled back and fought its way toward the net for six minutes before Lene Riggers hit pay dirt, equalizing the match, 1-1.

Not to be outdone, Granger’s Cecilia Ornelas and Yaneli Torres teamed up to score the next goal at the 10-minute mark. Torres dished the ball to Ornelas, who sent it between the crossbars.

That goal would lead to a hat trick for Ornelas.

The two found one another again at the 26-minute mark. This time it was Ornelas who delivered the ball to Torres to send it past Goldendale’s keeper.

The Spartans tacked on another goal in the 31st minute. Torres sent the ball to teammate Victoria Nunez, who delivered it safely into the goal box.

The Timberwolves scored their second goal of the match one minute later, ending the half with a 2-4 deficit.

After the intermission, the teams battled back and forth for 17 minutes before anyone scored.

Collas scored her second goal on a penalty kick in the 57th minute of the match.

The pace picked up for Ornelas with 11 minutes left in the match. She booted the ball into the back of the net in the 69th minute on another assist from Torres.

Three minutes later, teammate Jennifer Gonzalez delivered the ball to Ornelas, who found the back of the net again for the hat trick.

“We really came out and showed up,” Granger coach Stephanie King said.

There were a couple defensive break-downs, but she was pleased with how aggressive the Spartans were on the attack.

Keeper Jasmyn Rodriguez wasn’t sitting idly by in the box. She had 7 saves against the Timberwolves.

West Valley 7, Sunnyside 0

The Grizzlies coach Elizabeth Garcia said she knew West Valley would be a tough opponent.

The first goal came at 10 minute mark from Lexi Maison of the Rams. Teammate Kendra Hanses scored a minute later. Lilly Fetzer scored in the 24th minute.

The score remained 3-0 at the intermission.

In the 44th minute Shannon Curtis scored and Katherine Whitmine scored 2 minutes later. The next shot was in the 50th minute from Hanses, and Anna Murphy got the last one in the 77th minute.

Sunnyside’s Morgan Duim recorded 8 saves, while her team had 2 scoring attempts.

Mabton 0, Connell 3

Vikings coach Junior Garcia was unable to travel with the team due to the last minute change in venue. His assistant did not provide stats as of press time.



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