GRANDVIEW - A lot of emotion went into yesterday's playoff win for the Lady 'Hounds, who sported armbands in memory of Steven Miller, who recently passed away.
Grandview blanked Toppenish 5-0, making up for and reversing last Saturday's 1-0 loss to the Wildcats.
"We knew we could win," said Grandview Coach Anne Holden.
The Lady 'Hounds started the play-in game to the District tourney with passion, scoring the first goal at the four-minute mark. That goal, assisted by Gio Gomez, went in after a fight for the ball. Gomez got control, kicked it to Karissa Trinidad and she quickly dispatched it past the Toppenish keeper.
The two teams volleyed back and forth, with Grandview keeping the Wildcats on the defensive end of the field.
Gomez nearly scored another goal within a few minutes of the first one, but it went slightly right of the crossbars.
Not to be deterred, the Lady 'Hounds kept pressure on Toppenish's defense and Trinidad secured another goal at the 14-minute mark, putting the home team up 2-0.
"We piled on the pressure," said Holden, stating the next goal was made possible by great teamwork.
"After a great lead-up by Lucia Trejo, O'Ryian Matheny scored," she shared, stating Grandview's third goal was at the 33-minute mark.
"The girls showed great control, kept their shape and had great passing," Holden said of her team's efforts last night, adding, "It was remarkable to watch."
She said the team effort was especially poignant on the night her players chose to honor Steven Miller.
When the second half commenced, the Lady 'Hounds decided to match Toppenish's numbers. Explaining, Holden said the Wildcats lost a few players due to injury Tuesday. As a result the two teams had only 10 players each through much of the match.
Grandview started the half with an early goal scored by Lucia Trejo. She was assisted by Yvette Mendoza.
"The team was highly motivated and it was a moving night," said Holden, stating last night's match was one her team will take with them as a lasting memory.
"When we realized we were going to win, we started playing from the bench," she shared, stating the next goal scored was the result of teamwork by Vicki Chambers and Isabel Islas. Islas assisted Chambers on the back post and Chambers got the ball in on the end of the cross at the 64-minute mark.
"I am very proud of what my team did last night...each of them played together and committed themselves to the match...there was power in the way they played," said an emotional Holden.
She will not be traveling with the Lady 'Hounds (3-13) tonight when the team faces the Ellensburg Bulldogs in playoff action.
"Steven (Miller) was special to our team and I will be at his rosary...I told my girls my heart goes with them and I will be wishing them good things. Whatever the result of tonight's match, I will be proud of them...I know they will give everything," Holden shared, stating Miller was special to her team, having helped many of her players with their soccer skills.
"We want to honor him," she said.
Tonight's playoff begins at 4 p.m. in Ellensburg.