Horizon Christian def. Grant Union 2-0
HOOD RIVER - The Grant Union High School soccer team's bid for a post-season playoff berth became a more difficult proposition as the Prospectors dropped a 2-0 decision to Horizon Christian in Mountain West Conference soccer action on Friday, Oct. 10.
The loss drops Grant Union's record to 1-2-1 in league matches and 4-6-2 overall, forcing the Pros to win the final two matches of the season to have any hopes of making it to the state playoffs.
"I knew they were a plenty capable team, and they've improved a lot from last year," Grant Union coach Ken Purnell said. "They pass the ball well and win a lot of balls in the midfield even though they have a small team. They really took it to us and if we want to make the playoffs, we're going to have to do better the next time we play them."
Purnell said the Prospectors had opportunities to score in the match but failed to put the ball in the goal.
"Kerry Ashmead had a point-blank shot that went right at their goal keeper. All he had to do was put the ball left or right and it was in, and Eli McClure had a shot at an empty net but he kicked the ball high over the cross bar. We weren't without our chances," he said.
The Prospectors travel to Umatilla for a big match against the Vikings on Thursday, Oct. 16, and return home to play Horizon Christian in the final regular season match of the season on Saturday, Oct. 18.
"Hopefully we will be able to bounce back and play better," Purnell said. "If we are able to play the way we're capable of, we should do all right."
Kickoff for the Umatilla match is set for 4 p.m., and the Horizon Christian match starts at 1 p.m. at the Seventh Street Sports Complex.