Photo by Andrew Ottoson
Grangeville boys soccer captain Jesus Perez scored twice during a 6-4 win over Priest River Thursday night, Aug. 30 -- the Bulldogs' first of this season.
As of Friday, August 31, 2018
GRANGEVILLE Mistakes and miscommunication in the Bulldogs’ back put the GHS boys soccer team in a 3-0 hole early in their game Thursday afternoon, Aug. 30, against Priest River.
Instead, Grangeville wound up with its first win of the season.
Jesus Perez stepped up, literally, and thundered a left-footed strike past the Spartan keeper, who implored his teammates to keep defend him more tightly. But Priest River couldn’t keep “Chiquis” in check. Having found the GHS net with a long punt that was misplayed deep in Grangeville territory, the Priest River keeper had projected confidence before Perez scored. Priest River crumbled under increasing pressure as the game progressed. Shortly before halftime, a few minutes after Perez’s first goal, Isaac Vandomelan cut Priest River’s lead to 3-2.
Grangeville adjusted by moving one defender forward, and much of the action after halftime consisted of Grangeville possessing the ball in Spartan territory and creating chances to run into the box. Many of the shots the Bulldogs attempted proved inert, but about 10 minutes into the second half, Perez smashed in a left-footed shot from beyond the 18.
Minutes later, Grangeville took the lead when Josh Nichols spun away from a defender, dribbled into the box and delivered a shot that found daylight between the goalie and the near post.
Priest River leveled it at 4-4 with about 10 minutes left in the contest, but Grangeville continued to produce chances in front of the Priest River goal, a couple of which turned into goals. Michael Told scored in the 76th minute and Aiden Acton scored in the 79th.
“When we went down 3-0, I moved one of the defenders between the strikers and midfielders,” coach Joel Gomez said. “We put more people upfield and better managed the game. … We had to do something different, and it worked well.”
Next up, Grangeville (1-2) is scheduled to visit Bonners Ferry Sept. 7.