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’Hounds hand Jackrabbits first defeat in CWAC play

BOYS PREP SOCCER

GRANDVIEW – Unbeaten in league play going into this past Saturday’s match, it was anyone’s game in Grandview.

The Quincy Jackrabbits and the host Greyhounds were each undefeated in CWAC play. By game’s end, though, Grandview was the lone team with a league record of 8-0.

The win also secures a No. 1 seed for the Greyhounds at Districts, which are slated to begin this coming Saturday.

Quincy, said Grandview Coach Anne Holden, was a tough opponent having only allowed four goals during its league campaign.

“(Our) defense has not been too shabby either, allowing only two goals for the league season,” she said.

From the outset Saturday, the Jackrabbits showed control and had better possession statistics than did the Greyhounds.

“Our spacing was slightly off,” Holden commented.

But, Grandview’s counter-attack allowed its offensive players to pressure Quincy.

The Greyhounds in the 21st minute of the match were able to capitalize on that counter-attack. Alex Martinez delivered a pass to Victor Valencia, who booted the ball past Quincy keeper Gil Avila for the lone goal of the match.

“The match had the fans for both teams on their feet,” said Holden.

The goal stood throughout the remainder of the match, giving the Greyhounds their 12th overall victory on the season.

Although Grandview had nine shots on goal, Holden said soccer matches are ultimately won by scoring and not by the number of shots or the amount of possession a team may have.

“We were able to convert on one very good opportunity and sometimes that is all you need to win a tight, competitive match,” said Holden.

Grandview will tomorrow (Tuesday) take to the pitch in Othello for its last regular season match. Kick-off will be at 6 p.m.

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