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Grandview unable to overcome Selah, bad weather Tuesday night

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Lady 'Hounds soccer team battled two foes last night, Selah and the weather.

The Vikings prevailed 4-1 against Grandview at Rich Leenhouts Stadium.

"As kick-off approached the perfect playing conditions that existed during the JV contest quickly disappeared," said Lady 'Hounds Coach Anne Holden.

She said the battle ensued and "...amid swirling, dusty conditions the Lady 'Hounds prepared to meet the Vikings."

Twenty-five minutes passed before the first goal of the night was recorded. Sadly it would be Grandview's only goal.

Karissa Trinidad maneuvered the ball past the Selah defensive players and lobbed it to Oryian Matheny, who dispatched it into the back of the net.

The teams, according to Holden, competed neck-and-neck for every 50-50 ball.

"The stellar teamwork between Oryian Matheny and Karissa Trinidad was again evidenced," said the coach.

She said Trinidad showed control of the ball prior to releasing it to Matheny for the goal.

"She (Trinidad) outplayed the collapsing defense," said Holden, adding, "(Matheny) ripped the ball into the back of the net."

The next 10 minutes continued to appear as though Grandview had an advantage.

"Grandview could have easily put the match away as they created chance after chance but were unable to capitalize on their opportunities," Holden said.

Selah made its move, spotting an opportunity to equalize the match at the 32-minute mark.

Viking Sarah Bersing gained control of the ball and quickly booted it, letting it sail past Grandview keeper Jamila Shafer.

It took just six minutes for the Vikings to hit paydirt again. Bersing passed the ball to Ashley Kuhlmann, who shot it past the crossbars.

That gave Selah the 2-1 lead at intermission.

It took just eight minutes into the closing half for the Vikings to spot another scoring opportunity and to capitalize on the moment. It was Sarah Reiber who passed the ball to Kuhlmann for Selah's third goal.

Holden said it was a goal the Lady 'Hounds just couldn't stop.

The final goal came in the 62nd minute when Madison Smith of the Vikings connected with Rieber. The duo took advantage of a poor possession on the part of the Lady 'Hounds. Grandview faltered and left the ball to the Vikings' offensive players for a turnover that sealed the deal for Selah.

"Two passes later, it was the Lady 'Hounds having to pick the ball out of the back of their own net," said Holden.

Selah ended the match with a 4-1 victory.

Shafer and Marissa Caballero of Grandview combined efforts for five saves on the night. Selah made a total of nine shots on goal.

Grandview also made nine attempts at scoring, but Kelsie Kuhlmann of the Vikings shut the door on the net eight times.

Grandview (1-3, 5-6) will hit the road this coming Saturday, stopping in Toppenish with high hopes of repeating a non-league victory it claimed from the Wildcats last month.

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