As of Monday, April 28, 2014
OTHELLO – This past Saturday’s match between Grandview and host Othello may have been the most exciting of the season for the Greyhounds.
The teams battled through regulation and overtime to end the match in a sudden death shootout situation.
The Greyhounds prevailed to win the match 3-2.
Grandview Coach Anne Holden said it was a clash between the two teams. Both were undefeated in league play going into Saturday’s match.
The Greyhounds drew first blood. Greyhounds Victor Valencia and Alvaro Flores broke through the Huskies’ defensive line in the 20th minute.
“Alvaro brilliantly scored a diving header from Vic’s whip cross,” said Holden.
Grandview may have celebrated a little too early, however. It took just three minutes for Othello to answer with an equalizer. Hugo Martinez of the Huskies was responsible for scoring the goal without assistance.
The teams remained in a deadlocked situation throughout the remainder of regulation.
“The ‘Hounds put on a great display of controlled, efficient and entertaining football,” said Holden.
She said Grandview kept the ball on the ground and the goal keeper, Antonio Garcia, was able to shut the door on any scoring attempts by Othello.
“Two 5-minute golden goal overtime periods then ensued,” said Holden.
The deadlock could not be broken, sending the teams into a shootout situation. Five players on each side had an opportunity to get the ball between the crossbars to end the game. For Grandview, Valencia, Carlos Ramon, Fabian Lua and Israel Gonzalez were successful.
The Huskies also had four players who got the ball past the keeper.
To find the victory, the teams were forced into a sudden death shootout during which time Gorge Lara of Grandview was able to score.
Antonio Garcia, the keeper for Grandview, kept the ball from making it into the back of the net when Othello’s Gustavo Roa attempted to score in the sudden death situation.
“Shootouts can go either way,” said Holden, stating teams practice for such eventualities, but it is difficult to replicate the intensity of the scenario.
“It’s totally exhilarating when you come out on top and gut-wrenching when you don’t,” she said.
Grandview recorded 12 shots on goal against the Huskies and Garcia prevented Othello from scoring six times.
Husky keeper Angel Rangel shut the door on 11 scoring attempts, while his teammates attacked the crossbars seven times.
Tomorrow (Tuesday) Grandview (6-0, 7-5) will host Selah.