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Grandview stays in playoff chase

GRANDVIEW - The Lady Greyhound soccer team held on for a 1-0 victory over Kiona-Benton on Saturday to remain in the CWAC South playoff picture.

Grandview easily handled Ki-Be in the teams' last meeting on Sept. 20, winning 7-0.

The difference this time around, noted Coach Anne Holden, was Ki-Be's play in the middle.

"I've got to give them credit," she said of the visitors. "While they couldn't put a scoring opportunity together, they won the battle in the middle of the field and just log-jammed the ball.

As a result, Grandview was held scoreless through the first half.

Following halftime encouragement to engage Ki-Be defenders at mid-field, the Lady Greyhounds opened the second stanza by moving the ball up the left wing.

Playing in her final home soccer match, Ai Tomizawa then lofted a perfectly placed cross which found sophomore Silva Martin in front of the net for the game's only score.

Grandview (4-6, 4-9) went into a defensive mode at that point, clogging up the middle to keep Ki-Be from the Lady Grizzlies' side of the field and preserve the win.

The Lady Grizzlies trail Connell by one point for the CWAC South's final playoff berth. Grandview has two road matches remaining, including this Thursday at Toppenish, and needs at least one win to stay in the playoff chase.

The Lady 'Hounds go into the home stretch with three wins in their last four matches. Their lone loss during that stretch was a 2-0 defeat at Naches last Tuesday.

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