PROSSER - In the next to the last game of the regular season, the Sunnyside High School girls soccer team lost to the Prosser Mustangs 3-0 Thursday evening.
The loss leaves Sunnyside in fifth place in the league, which is enough for a District berth.
Sunnyside was able to hold Prosser scoreless in the second half of the match-up as all three of Prosser's goals occurred in the first half of the game.
"In the second half we outplayed Prosser," said Sunnyside Coach Kathy Jolliff. "Twenty minutes of the second half we played a man short."
Prosser's first goal occurred in about the 21st minute of the match-up. An assist from Prosser's Kelsey Crawford fed the ball to Allie Garcia, who was able to put the ball in the back of the net.
The Crawford-Garcia combo also scored the second goal for Prosser in about the 24th minute, when again Crawford fed the ball to Garcia, who scored a goal.
The final goal of the game was made by Courney Faulk in the 36th minute, who took advantage of an assist from Ashley Boge.
Sunnyside lost a player when they were carded for pushing a Prosser player on the field.
"The referee wasn't calling all the fouls," said Jolliff, who added that Prosser girls were blatantly kicking Sunnyside players in the knees and shins. She explained that one of her players was tired of being kicked and retaliated, but the ref only saw the retaliation.
Sunnyside keeper Victoria Solis had six saves in the game and Prosser's Stephanie Zediker had four.
The last time the Mustangs and Grizzlies faced off, the Prosser team won 9-2, so Jolliff said the girls felt good about the score last night.
"I think we're playing where we need to be at this point in the season," she said, adding that the girls come out on the field playing harder with each game and are physically stronger as they heal from injuries.
This is the second game this week that the Sunnyside girls have stepped up and competed at a higher level.
In a close game, the Sunnyside girls lost 4-2 to the Hanford Falcons Tuesday afternoon.
"It was very close considering in the beginning of the season when we played we were very weak and lost 9-0," said Jolliff.
"It was a great game," said Jolliff.
Up and down the field, the game was scoreless until the 39th minute, said Jolliff. But when Sunnyside's defensive unit slowed down to take a breath, Hanford pushed forward for the first goal of the game.
Two minutes into the second half, again Hanford scored, when there was a letdown on Sunnyside's defense, said Jolliff.
About 15 minutes into the second half, the Lady Grizzlies countered when Sunnyside's Alejandra Benitez was pushed down and drew a penalty kick. Yanet Candido took the kick, scoring Sunnyside's first goal of the game.
Hanford's third goal of the game came in the 25th minute of the second half, but three minutes later Sunnyside's Candido scored the second goal of the game for her team.
"Both Hanford's third and Sunnyside's second goal of the game were the result of a handball in the penalty area," said Jolliff.
Hanford's final goal of the game came in the last minute of the match-up.
"They caught us flat footed," she said. "Hanford made a run on the goal and scored."
Hanford had a total of 15 shots on goal and the Hanford keeper had five saves in the game.
Sunnyside had 12 shots on goal and the keeper had nine saves, said Jolliff.
Jolliff said the game was a great one for Sunnyside (4-7, 5-9).
"We came away from the game feeling like it was a win," said Jolliff.
"Our goal was to keep them scoreless. They did score on us, but we also scored on them," said Jolliff.
The last regular game of the season will be against the West Valley Rams this Saturday, at noon in Sunnyside.