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Greyhounds shut out Selah during first round of Districts

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview soccer team effectively shut out Selah this past Saturday, 4-0, during the first round of the District 5 playoffs.

That means the 'Hounds will tomorrow (Tuesday) travel to Toppenish for the second round.

"The really good news is not only do we have another shot at Toppenish, but we have given ourselves two chances to clinch a State berth," said Grandview Coach Anne Holden.

Giving the Greyhounds that opportunity took some concentration and determination this past Saturday.

"It wasn't so much the hot temperature as the crazy, swirling wind that made things difficult," said Holden.

She said Selah for the first 30 minutes of play had an advantage with the wind.

The Vikings also had a couple of strong players working in their favor, Ivan Balbuena and Eliseo Montiel.

"They took away our ground game by closing down our space quickly and putting on pressure that saw us turn the ball over way too easily," Holden said of the two Vikings.

It was Grandview that would prevail, however.

Martin Barragan of the 'Hounds moved the ball past Selah's defenders. He delivered it to Victor Valencia, who put it away in the 33rd minute.

That first goal, said Holden, helped to settle the Grandview players.

The Greyhounds moved from defense to offense in a matter of four plays, she said of the opening score, noting there was a lot of build-up before Barragan and Valencia capitalized on the momentum of the team.

Grandview had a 1-0 lead at intermission and took over in the closing half.

The 'Hounds went on the attack and at the 52-minute mark, Samuel Cuevas was maneuvering the ball near the goal when a Viking swept in to flush it out. The Greyhound pressure on the defenders forced the Vikings to an own goal.

"That is typical Sam," Holden said of Cuevas' style of play. "He doesn't give up on any ball."

It was Barragan and Valencia who teamed up just eight minutes later to pressure the Selah defenders. Valencia delivered a cross to Barragan, who beat Viking keeper Abel Bautista with the ball.

Grandview's fourth and final goal of the match was dished with just five minutes on the clock.

Rodrigo Corona pushed the ball up for a set piece corner kick served by Barragan.

Holden said Corona delivered the ball between the crossbars, giving Barragan a strong finish.

Grandview made a total of 10 scoring attempts, while Selah was denied five shots on goal by keeper Elmer Campuzano.

Selah keeper Abel Bautista recorded seven saves.

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