Sudden death thriller goes to Selah Vikes


Grandview High School keeper Daniel Rodriguez punches a corner kick away from the goal in yesterday's home match against Selah.

GRANDVIEW - Last night's soccer match against Selah "was a great advertisement for the game," according to Grandview Coach Anne Holden.

The two teams battled one another, going into a sudden death shootout after playing in double-overtime and a regular shootout.

Selah prevailed, however, winning the match 5-4 over the host Greyhounds. It was the CWAC league opener for both clubs.

Grandview was the first to score in the nail-biting, crowd-pleasing match.

The two teams were scoreless at halftime, but the Greyhounds in the 60th minute scored on "an opportunistic poacher's goal from the forward position," said Holden. Alex Guzman and his Grandview teammates were positioning for pressure on the Viking defense. Guzman swept in and got the ball into the net from behind the Selah keeper.

"We held the lead deep into stoppage time," Holden said.

With two minutes left in the match, however, Selah Coach Todd Martin took his last defender and pushed him forward as an extra player, according to Holden.

She said that helped the Vikings as the visiting team's keeper kicked a direct long ball into Grandview's territory. The ball fell within the goal box and Grandview's Ruben Clara headed it out for the first touch.

The Greyhounds hoped to keep the ball and get the second touch, but Daniel Hernandez of the Vikings beat the Grandview players to the punch. "He cracked the ball and in it went," Holden said of how Selah tied the match.

"Selah rolled the dice and the teams were tied at the final whistle," she said, stating the match went into double-overtime.

"At the end of the second overtime we were still in a deadlock, forcing a shootout," Holden said.

Selah's Brenan Ball, Troy Brown and Daniel Hernandez all were able to kick the ball into the net in the first shootout, but Grandview also had three shots that made it past the crossbars. Those balls were booted in by Javier Cardenas, Robert Razo and Taylor Hoffard.

"We weren't able to score the other two attempts because both hit the crossbars and bounced back...we couldn't beat the frame," said Holden.

The teams went into a sudden-death shootout and Selah was the first to capitalize on the opportunity.

"It came down to whoever was mentally able to concentrate and get the ball past the crossbars," Holden said.

Uriel Bustos first scored for Selah, but Grandview's Jon Campuzano answered with a shot past the Viking keeper. Rafael Arrellano set himself up for the Vikings' next opportunity and scored the winning goal since the Greyhounds were unable to answer that shot.

"It seemed a callous way to end the match, but we had to duke it out," said Holden.

She said every ball had to be played. "I have been telling my team we have to play every ball to the ending whistle," she said.

Grandview had eight shots on goal in regulation, and Selah had six.

The Greyhounds (0-1, 1-5-1) tomorrow (Saturday) travel to Othello.


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