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'Hounds succumb to Othello in District tourney play

OTHELLO - The Grandview Greyhound soccer team has one last hope of staying alive in the postseason because of a 3-0 loss at Othello this past Saturday at Districts.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) the Greyhounds will face Ellensburg at home in a loser-out District match.

Grandview Coach Anne Holden said Saturday's match was disappointing. She said the loss to Othello was due in part to a break down on offense.

"Our midfielders and forwards weren't connecting and it was frustrating," said the coach.

She said it was the defensive effort by keeper Elmer Campuzano that kept the Greyhounds alive on Saturday. He denied the Huskies 11 times.

"Each of those saves was a good save," Holden said, emphasizing it took great athletics on the part of Campuzano to keep the ball from making it past the crossbars.

Othello made a total of 14 attempts at the goal.

Three of those attempts were successful.

The first goal came in the 22nd minute of the match. George Campos of Othello connected with Fredy Augustin, who booted the ball past the Grandview defense and into the net.

Othello had a 1-0 advantage at halftime, and didn't relax in the closing half of the match.

Holden said the Huskies continued their attack and scored two goals in the second half.

Matt Jones of Othello scored on an assist from teammate Ociel Romero in the 48th minute.

Campos scored at the 72-minute mark off an assist by teammate Miguel Penaloza.

Grandview was playing defense throughout most of the match, but was able to get past the Huskies' defense five times.

The Greyhounds, however, were unable to capitalize on any of those attempts. Othello keeper Martel Saucedo successfully blocked the ball each time.

Grandview has high hopes for tomorrow's District finals. Earlier this season the Greyhounds defeated the Bulldogs 1-0. If they secure the win, the Greyhounds will earn a No. 3 seed berth at Regionals. If they lose, they will be finished for the season.

Tuesday's match at Rich Leenhouts Stadium is set to begin at 6 p.m.

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