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Lady 'Hounds blank Ki-Be Bears

BENTON CITY - The Grandview Greyhound soccer team took on Ki-Be this past weekend, and by making changes both on the field and in their attitude the 'Hounds were able to put another hash mark in the win column.

Grandview (2-7, 3-9) kept the Ki-Be Bears from scoring, pushing past the team for a 2-0 victory.

"We decided we needed to put a priority on winning, instead of trying not to lose," explained Grandview Coach Anne Holden.

It was that change in attitude, along with several changes on the field, that led the Grandview team to the win over the Bears.

On the field, Jessica Rodriguez was pulled from her position guarding the net to play towards the front of the field. Holden said Anna George was then brought in to serve as the goalkeeper. Jackie Villanueva was moved from her usual position of wing to play in the mid-field, and Mari Hinojosa was moved to a position in the front.

Holden said one of the reasons Rodriguez was brought to the front was because she can be a very physical player, noting that she doesn't back down from a physical challenge on the field. Holden said having a player like Rodriguez at the front gives the rest of the team a boost of confidence.

"They know she is going to fight very, very hard," Holden said.

Rodriguez did play hard for the Lady 'Hounds Saturday, earning a penalty kick in the first half that would lead to the team's first goal of the game. Holden said Rodriguez was in the box when she turned to create a chance for herself to score and was brought down by one of the Ki-Be defenders. Akani Tomizawa was the player who turned the penalty kick opportunity into a goal in the 11th minute of the game.

Grandview's second goal came in the second half of the match-up. In the 55th minute, Rodriguez scored on a header from a corner kick provided by Tomizawa.

"It was a spectacular goal," Holden said.

Overall, the Lady 'Hounds had 16 attempts on goal against Ki-Be, compared to one attempt by the Bears, which was stopped by George.

Holden said she feels the big difference in the game was that the team wasn't necessarily in a preventative mode, instead they were in it to win.

"We said we have to concentrate more on putting the ball in the net," Holden said. "The only way you can win the game is if you score."

The Grandview team will take to the field again Thursday at home against Toppenish. The game will serve as senior night.

. Elena Olmstead can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or e-mail her at eolmstead@eaglenewspapers.com

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