Prospectors protect second place in league with 4-1 win over HC

Horizon Christian's Jason Borton works his way through Grant Union defenders Kevin Percy (right) and Danny Cosgrove at midfield in Saturday's match. The Eagle/TIM ADAMS

Grant Union 4, Horizon Christian 1

JOHN DAY - Grant Union played a great team-match against visiting Horizon Christian on Saturday, Oct. 12, and retained its grasp on second place in the Special District No. 4 soccer race with a 4-1 victory.

The win lifts the Prospectors' record to 3-2-1 in league matches and 3-6-1 overall. Horizon Christian fell to 1-4-1 in the league.

Things were looking bad for the Prospectors early in the match when Horizon Christian's Cheyene Swick beat goal keeper Ben Tschida with a low shot at the 6-minute mark of the first half for a 1-0 lead.

However, that would be the last time in the match the team from Hood River would put a ball in the net.

Grant Union came roaring back to tie the score when Jeb Williams put a header in past Horizon Christian goal keeper Aaron Griffin off a crossing pass from Eli McClure. That tied the score at the 21-minute mark; and Kerry Ashmead put the Pros ahead to stay 15 minutes later off a pass from Josh Arnall to give the Prospectors a 2-1 lead.

The Prospectors had the pressure on the Horizon Christian net for most of the first half, peppering Griffin with a total of 20 shots on goal.

Most of the action in the second half took place in Horizon Christian's end of the field as the Pros continued to pressure the net.

Danny Cosgrove tallied the Prospectors' third goal of the match at the 45-minute mark of the second half after a scramble in front of the net.

After Griffin had stopped one shot, Kevin Percy fed Cosgrove the ball, and he drilled it home to make the score 3-1.

Peter Diezel tallied the final goal of the match as time ran out off an assist from Williams.

The Prospectors had numerous opportunities to score in the match and out-shot Horizon Christian 33-14.

On Tuesday, Oct. 8, Grant Union lost a 2-1 non-league match to Mt. Bachelor Academy.

Williams scored in the second half off an assist from Arnall for the Prospectors goal in the match.

Kevin Kline scored both goals for Mt. Bachelor Academy.

Grant Union played at Umatilla in a league match on Tuesday, and will host Fruitland, Idaho, in a non-league match on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 4:30 p.m.

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