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Grizzlies blank Moses Lake

MOSES LAKE - The Sunnyside High School boys soccer team posted its second shutout of the season in just three games played so far. Both shutouts have come against 4A teams.

Sunnyside opened the season with a 7-0 blanking of 4A Davis. Last night, the Grizzlies dominated 4A Moses Lake. The Grizzlies posted a pair of goals in both halves to defeat the Chieftains 4-0.

One of the more incredible statistics of the game was the shots on goal. The Grizzlies outshot Moses Lake 22 to 7.

"We had a lot of opportunities," said Sunnyside Coach Juan Pineda.

Pineda credits the Moses Lake goalie with a strong showing. The Chieftains keeper had 12 saves. Pineda said four of those saves came on very solid, hard shots Sunnyside took on goal.

The first goal of the game for the Grizzlies came at the 20th minute. Luis Galvan found the back of the opposing net with an assist from Junior Garcia. Garcia then tallied the other goal of the first half at the 34th minute.

Leading 2-0, the Grizzlies added to their lead with a goal from Mario De La Torre on an assist from Garcia at the 52nd minute. With two minutes left in the game, Diego Mendoza scored the last goal for the Grizzlies on a rebound from a corner kick.

"It was a beautiful shot," said Pineda.

Pineda said he felt his team reacted well to the conditions. He said the rain and wind didn't bother Sunnyside.

Pineda said Moses Lake was a good team with a solid structure similar to the style Sunnyside plays. Pineda said the key for the Grizzlies was they were able to dictate the pace of the game. Pineda thought the Grizzlies did a nice job of connecting with one another on the field and moving the ball side to side. Sunnyside was able to attack effectively because Moses Lake wasn't able to stretch its defenders across the field.

Sunnyside was able to keep the shutout by moving its defenders to midfield and then defending the sides. Pineda thought Mendoza and Kyle Van de Graaf did a solid job defensively and were backed up well by Ochoa in the sweeper spot.

Sunnyside keeper Johnny Hernandez had three saves. Rafael Martinez had one save after he took over in the box.

The Grizzlies (1-0, 3-0) play Selah at home this Saturday in a league game.

"Selah is a tough team," said Pineda. "They have a lot of returning players. They are going to come hard after us."

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