Contributed photo / Nancy Connolley
Grangeville's Hunter Connolley makes a move during the Bulldogs' first win. One of his passes helped set up the second goal of what was a 4-2 victory over Orofino Tuesday night, Aug. 30.
As of Wednesday, August 31, 2016
OROFINO Grangeville finally found the back of the net and broke into the win column with a 4-2 win at Orofino Tuesday, Aug. 30. Having been shut out by Moscow and Timberlake earlier this season, the upstart Bulldogs scored 17 minutes into the contest when freshman Jesus Perez freed himself from the defense and found the corner of the goal from 20 yards out. Two minutes later, Perez took another feed from midfielder Hunter Connolley, crossed to the middle of the field and chipped in his second goal from almost the exact spot where he scored the first.
After a hard tackle in the penalty box by Grangeville’s sweeper resulted in a penalty kick from the 12 yard spot in the 27th minute, Orofino’s Anton Hahn tallied with a shot to the lower left corner just off the fingertips of keeper Mauricio Valle. The score at the half was 2-1.
Grangeville struck quickly in the second half when Ryan Ruklic beat Orofino’s Montana State bound goal keeper Jaden Robertson with a well-placed goal in the upper left corner.
Hahn answered with his second goal of the contest in the 62nd minute when he rounded up a long through ball and was able to beat the Grangeville keeper in a one on one attack.
Through the remainder of the match Orofino was only occasionally able to get the ball through the midfield but when they did, their attacks were turned back by the defensive trio of Ammon Dewey, Patrick Schumacher and Ethan Bonn. Grangeville’s Amador Perez put the game out of reach in the 76th minute when his hard shot on goal was deflected back high enough for him to finish it with a header past the goalie.
In the end, every player on the Grangeville sideline saw significant playing time and contributed to the victory.
“The kids are really coming together and buying into the philosophy we’ve been working on in practice. Yes, we’ve got a long way to go. But, I’m really proud of the way our team was able to take something positive out of the losses to Moscow and Timberlake and find ways to improve their personal skillsets,” GHS coach Mike Connolley said.
For the game, Grangeville out-shot Orofino 27-16. Valle had eight saves. Jaden Robertson had 18 saves.
Up next, Grangeville will play Orofino again next Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 5 p.m. at the Grangeville High School football field.
Mike Connolley is one of three soccer coaches staffing the GHS soccer team in this, its first season.