GRANDVIEW - It was all crimson and gray at Rich Leenhouts Stadium in Grandview this past Saturday.
In a battle between the Greyhounds and the Wildcats, CWAC powerhouses this season, it was Grandview that prevailed 2-1 in the non-league encounter.
Grandview Coach Anne Holden said Toppenish always presents a challenge for her team.
However, the Greyhounds drew first blood in the 19th minute of the match, breaking a deadlock between the two foes.
"After some tremendous combination play through midfielders Cesar Orduno, Javier Cardenas and Edwin Salgado, senior forward Ricardo Serrato was able to exploit the wide right-side," Holden said, stating Serrato attacked the channel and centered a perfect cross for junior striker Ismael Montes.
Montes snapped a header past Servando Fuentes, the keeper for Toppenish. Fuentes dove for the save, but came up short.
Grandview took a 1-0 lead and kept the Wildcats from equalizing the match.
A switch play, which Holden described as ingenious, helped the Greyhounds move the ball from the left side of the field to the right side and back again just before the 62-minute mark. Orduno found sophomore forward Victor Valencia, who "...exploded into space to unleash a particularly vicious strike that Fuentes and his defense had no answer for."
That goal gave Grandview a 2-0 advantage, but Toppenish wasn't finished.
The Wildcats had a couple of tricks up their sleeves and were able to secure a goal of their own just six minutes later.
Jonathan Lopez linked up with Armando Robles for the goal.
"The 'Hounds should have been able to close out the remaining 18 minutes," Holden said, noting the Toppenish goal was unexpected.
Grandview increased the pressure against the Wildcats and was able to keep Toppenish from getting the ball into the back of the net a second time, holding on to the 2-1 lead for the win.
All told, Grandview had four scoring opportunities and Toppenish recorded four shots on goal.
Grandview keeper Elmer Campuzano denied the Wildcats three times, while Fuentes made two saves.
The Greyhounds (1-0, 4-1) will this coming Thursday travel to East Valley for another non-league affair.