BENTON CITY - After suffering two straight league losses and with only three league games left on the schedule, the Grandview Greyhounds got a boost of confidence yesterday (Thursday) when they beat Ki-Be 3-1 in a non-league soccer match.
Grandview is trying to stay ahead of rival Wapato for the CWAC's last playoff spot.
The first half was scoreless with neither team making any progress although Grandview controlled the ball nearly 90 percent of the time, according to Grandview Coach Anne Holden, adding Grandview was controlling the ball well.
"It was just a slow start to the game," she said. "We were waiting for the breakthrough but it didn't come until the second half," she said. "It allowed Ki-Be to compete and think they were in the game. That's a good thing."
The Greyhounds finally took the lead in the 48th minute of play when Sami Villa scored the first of his two goals for the evening.
Teammate Cesar Barriga had worked the ball through the middle of the field and got close to Ki-Be's goal. He took a shot, but that was parried by Grandview's keeper and Villa was there to scoop up the rebound and put the ball away for a Grandview 1-0 lead.
Greyhound Alex Santos scored three minutes later to make it 2-0 off of Barriga's second assist of the day.
"It was a beautiful goal," Holden said. "Four touches and the ball was scored. Just like you draw it up."
Barriga had worked the ball into the left hand corner when he crossed it to Santos, who headed the ball in.
In the 61st minute the Bears made things interesting when Isaac Gustafsson outran two Greyhound defenders to score and make the game 2-1.
"He scored a good goal," Holden remarked.
Four minutes later, Villa would score his second goal of the night, assisted by Abel Meraz.
"We worked the ball left to right, Abel crossed it to Sami and he slotted it in," Holden explained.
Grandview had 14 shots on goal, with Ki-Be's keeper saving 11 of them. The Bears managed four shots on goal and Grandview's Telco Perez was able to save all but one of them.
Holden said the win gives her team confidence going into tomorrow's (Saturday) game with East Valley at 1 p.m. in Grandview. The Greyhounds (3-7, 4-8) must win to stay ahead of Wapato.