PRIEST RIVER “I’m happy with how we played on Saturday,” GHS boys soccer coach Joel Gomez said. “Everybody played like they really wanted to be there.”
The Bulldogs won a 2-1 victory and leveled their season record at 1-1, having lost in a lopsided shutout at McCall earlier in the week. Grangeville senior Ryan Ruklic was injured against the Vandals and Gomez said two others of his best players did not play. (Ethan Bonn had an academic commitment, and Mickey Nelson was still short of practices.)
Even so, GHS “could have scored two more goals,” Gomez said. “The guys played a lot better. They passed better and they weren’t nervous.”
Jesus Perez scored on a free kick about 30 minutes into the game and Amador Perez tallied the eventual winner about five minutes later.
“Amador got behind two defenders and scored on a long shot,” Gomez said. “Everybody played well on offense and defense and the keepers did their job — they did all I could ask.”
At McCall, the Bulldogs matched their opposition for about 15 minutes before a series of mistakes led to an 11-0 blowout.
Next, Grangeville (1-1, 1-0 Intermountain League) is scheduled to play a double-header at TImberlake, with a 2 p.m.. game against the hosts followed by a contest against Bonners Ferry. The first home game is a Sept. 9 rematch with Priest River.