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Grandview loses nail-biter at East Valley

MOXEE - The Grandview Greyhound soccer team this past Saturday lost another non-league match 1-0 to East Valley.

"It was a close match," said Grandview Coach Anne Holden, who had to rely on her assistant coach for information because she was ill Saturday.

She said the 'Hounds kept the game evenly matched and the match was tied 0-0 at the half.

However, Grandview opened the closing half poorly.

"If Grandview hadn't been asleep in the first minute of the half, East Valley may not have scored," Holden said, noting the Red Devils got past the Greyhound defense in the 41st minute and Alex Escalera scored a goal unassisted.

"East Valley had better possession, but Grandview had its own opportunities to score...the 'Hounds should have scored on those opportunities," said the coach.

She said Grandview competed well with physicality, but there is always a need to improve.

Holden said checking the opponents, better communication on the field and composure could have contributed to the Grandview loss.

She said it is sometimes wise to slow the game down and read the game rather than rush plays toward the goal.

Grandview had eight shots on goal against East Valley. Red Devil keeper Juan Alvarez did well to save eight attempts from making it past the crossbars.

Grandview keeper Elmer Campuzano had four saves and teammate Daniel Rodriguez had seven. East Valley made a total of 12 attempts at the goal.

"Composure can work to a team's advantage," said Holden.

The 'Hounds (1-4) this coming Saturday will host Toppenish in another non-league match-up before beginning league play against Selah the following Thursday.

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