Grandview Greyhounds keep Royal City Knights scoreless

ROYAL CITY - The 2A Grandview Lady Greyhounds last night had the opportunity to practice their skills in a non-league match-up against the 1A Royal Knights.

"We totally dominated the match with 18 shots on goal to their one," said Grandview Girls Soccer Coach Anne Holden.

She put restrictions on her team last night, limiting the Lady 'Hounds to two-touch control. The team also had to get in three passes before taking a shot at the goal.

Grandview, in spite of the restrictions, won the match 3-0.

The first goal was off the foot of Grandview's Karissa Trinidad in the 41st minute.

"It was the first of two for her and we were up 1-0 at the half with 12 shots on goal," Holden said, stating Royal attempted its one shot on the Grandview goal in the opening half of the match.

"We could've had a better completion rate, but I was happy with how we were utilizing the combination play and our tactical work," she continued.

The Knights play on a turf field, and that, too, provided the Lady 'Hounds additional playing experience unlike any other.

Holden said, "We had headers zinging off the crossbars and felt the game was what it should be...we had a huge fan support, as well."

Grandview entered the closing half with Trinidad picking up where she left off. She was provided a "tremendous assist" from teammate Marissa Caballero, who passed the ball to Trinidad for a goal at the 48-minute mark.

The third and final goal of the match was the result of a combination play by Oryian Matheny and Isabel Islas. Matheny passed the ball to Islas, who sent it back to her teammate for Matheny's 10th goal of the season at the 72-minute mark.

Holden was proud of how well her team worked together to come up with another win on the season.

"The one question we are asking ourselves is whether or not we are satisfied with how we are playing. We can't be satisfied. We have to ask ourselves how we can step up the level of play," said Holden.

Grandview keeper Ranelle Kalaw made one save as a result of the Knights' one attempt at the goal, but Royal keeper Stefhany Guadarrama was kept busy, saving the ball 15 times.

Grandview next travels to Selah for another league match Tuesday, Oct. 5.



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