Grant ends Millers playoff chances

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Colton Humphrey is upended by U.S. Grant goal keeper Pedro Gonzales on a scoring attempt. Grant beat the Millers 2-1 Tuesday night. (Photo by Chuck Reherman)

By Chuck Reherman
Sports Editor
Yukon went into Tuesday night’s match with U.S. Grant with the door to the playoffs just slightly ajar.
The Generals made sure that door was slammed shut on the Millers.
Grant scored the lone goal of the match 46 minutes in and then went into defensive mode to upend the Millers 1-0 at Miller Stadium.
The loss effectively ended the Millers’ playoff chances and left them with a 1-5 District 6A-1 record and 6-7 mark overall.
YHS had gone into the match needing to beat Grant and have some others things happen to force a tie and maybe advance on margin points.
“We just couldn’t score,” Miller head coach Neil Hilton said. “We hit the woodwork three times and missed multiple chances. It just wasn’t meant to be this year.
“It is what it is,” he said. “The guys played hard and that was an improvement. They tried as hard as they could to win the game and that’s all you can ask for. I’m proud of their efforts.
“We had a talk before the game and the guys knew they owed it to themselves to finish the season the way we started and the way we showed we could be a better team. And, they knew they were better players than just come out and quit.”
The Millers did come out and pressed Grant hard in the opening half and again the final 15 minutes as YHS rushed to try and tie the game,
The Millers missed on four attempts in those final 15 minutes, hitting the crossbar twice and not being able to get a foot or head on a trio of corner kicks.
The Millers also had four free kicks in the final half, but each time the shot cleared the ball, Grant’s keeper was there to make the save.
In the first half, the Millers had a chance to score in the opening minutes as Colton Humphrey attacked the net. Grant’s keeper came out and made a sliding tackle to flip Humphrey and take him off the ball.
The Millers had three other serious chances at the net in the first half, bnt were not able to get the ball into the net.
Grant’s lone goal game in the 47th minute as a wide shot curved its way into the net.
“We had two massive chances in the first five minutes and didn’t take them and were punished by a good goal from them in the second half,” Hilton said. “We missed multiple chances and Grant hung on. They accepted that we were dominating the game, but dropped back and held on. We kept getting the chances after that, and it just wasn’t meant to be.”