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Perez keys comeback win

Bulldog of the Week

The Grangeville boys haven’t lost to Priest River on a soccer field even once since the program’s inception during Jesus Perez’s freshman year.

After GHS fell behind 3-0 last Thursday afternoon, the junior helped keep the win streak going with a couple of goals.

“I was kind of upset with how we were controlling the ball and what we were doing on defense, but I knew what our guys are capable of,” he said Tuesday, Sept. 4. “I knew we could pull ahead.”

He helped make that happen.

“It was all about who had the most heart and who wanted to win the fight,” he said. “We’ve never lost to Priest River since soccer has been around and we wanted to keep our streak with them going. We were happy to do that.”

He liked his second one more than his first, “because it was from farther out,” he said. “I have no clue how far — I heard it was close to the half, but I don’t personally know. I just saw an open shot and I took it.”

His first — which he also struck hard with his left foot — put Priest River on notice.

“Every time I score, it just makes me happy. Soccer doesn’t get much attention around here, and every time I do something for the team, I feel like I’m giving them my heart.”

Midway through the game, Perez was hearing commentary about the strength of his shots from the sidelines.

“Not many people are left-footed,” he said, “but it’s my weapon.”

Grangeville is scheduled to visit Timberlake Sept. 8 and host Orofino Sept. 10.

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