It was a few games that were close, but not close enough for the Granville boys soccer team last week.
On Tuesday, the junior varsity Horde team played in a scrimmage against Cambridge’s varsity team that ended in a 5-2 loss.
“We played pretty well, considering quite a few missed scoring chances in the first half and finally connected on a long run and finish by Alex Lassa to make it 2-1 at half,” Coach Dan Brayton said in an email.
Early in the second half, a foul in the box gave the boys a penalty kick that Dumanni Williams nailed to bring it to a 2-2 tie. But despite a few more scoring chances, Granville couldn’t snag any more goals. Cambridge was able to net three for the win. Phil Hicks held steady in the goal for Granville with 10 saves.
The next day Granville battled Fair Haven for a close loss.
Brayton said it was a tough game from the opening whistle, but the Golden Horde tried to rebound against its opponent.
“Shortly after a well played Fair Haven goal, Zack Vanderminden dribbled his way up the left side and put in his own rebound,” Brayton said. But Fair Haven scored again before halftime to bring the score to 2-1.
Midway through the second half Granville drew a penalty kick, on which Williams was able to score. With about 10 minutes left, though, Fair Haven answered with its own penalty kick for a 3-2 win.
On Thursday, Granville traveled to Stillwater where the boys took a 5-2 loss.
The Warriors took off in the first half with a 3-goal lead.
Early in the second, Lassa was able to net a goal off an assist from Williams.
“That goal shifted the momentum, but Granville couldn’t capitalize on any of the scoring opportunities,” Brayton said, so Stillwater won 3-1. Brayton was impressed with Jonathan Morrow’s substitution in goal.
“JT Morrow did a superb job filling in as goalie and had 12 saves,” Brayton said.
The boys will host Fair Haven tonight under the lights at 7.