TOPPENISH - Everything came together for the Grandview soccer team last night (Tuesday), which celebrated its second win of the season. The Lady 'Hounds were able to swoop in and put the game against Toppenish away within the first 10 minutes.
Grandview pushed past the Wildcats, winning by a score of 4-0.
"We were very happy," said Grandview Coach Anne Holden about the win.
Following the team's weekend loss against Othello, Holden said earlier this week that one of the team's goals was to rally back and win over the Wildcats. She said the team was also working to score within the first few minutes of its game. Grandview was able to meet both goals Tuesday night.
The Lady 'Hounds left the gates in a flash last night, scoring their first goal in the fourth minute of the match-up. The first goal of the game was made by Ana Tinta, who was assisted by Christina Meza.
The next three goals of the game were scored by Akane Tomizawa, giving her a hat trick against the Wildcats. Tomizawa's first goal and the team's second for the night came in the seventh minute of the game with an assist from Tomizawa's sister, Ai. Tomizawa scored again in the ninth minute with an assist from Anna Maria Sanchez. The final goal of the game was scored in the second half, when Tomizawa found the net in the 57th minute off an assist from Jessica Rodriguez.
Holden said Rodriguez, who typically serves as the team's goalkeeper, was replaced by Anna George at the goal and was given a chance to run the field.
Overall, Grandview had 20 shots on goal, which kept Toppenish's goalkeeper, Yesenia Medina, fairly busy. Medina had 16 saves for the night.
Toppenish had one shot on goal, which Rodriguez cleaned up before giving her post over to George. Holden said George did have to defend against several passes while she was standing in as goalkeeper.
The win against Toppenish gives the Grandview team a push in the right direction.
"Now we need to take that momentum and go off and play Connell," Holden said. She noted that Connell is currently sitting near the top of the league standings.
"I think we can put some pressure on them," Holden said of playing against Connell. She added that last time they faced off against the Eagles, Grandview was able to put in a good showing.
The Grandview team (1-5, 2-7) will have their chance at Connell this weekend. The Lady 'Hounds will travel to Connell Saturday to play against the Eagles.