The Lady Grizzly soccer team was defeated 11-1 by the Mid-Valley League leading West Valley Rams Thursday.
"We made some errors," said Sunnyside Coach Kathy Jolliff, who added that the score doesn't accurately reflect how hard the Sunnyside girls worked in the game.
"We're playing a tough schedule with three games a week," said Jolliff. "With injuries early in the season, the girls didn't have much rest before this game."
Jolliff added that she made a few changes on the field, which may have also contributed to some of West Valley's goals.
"These girls have a lot of heart. I've got some who never gave up," she said.
Goalie for the lion's share of the game was Victoria Solis, who Jolliff said did an excellent job stopping West Valley's shots.
"She had 15 saves in the goal," said Jolliff. "West Valley scored eight on Victoria."
Bobi Haringa, who played goalie for the first 20 minutes of the game, had four saves. Three goals were scored on Haringa.
Sunnyside player Yanet Candido scored Sunnyside's lone goal in the 20th minute of the game. The point came from a direct kick opportunity.
"They fouled Leslie Jones, which gave us a direct kick" said Jolliff. "It made it into the goal, which was awesome."
Jolliff said that it was West Valley's physical and mental speed that was tough for Sunnyside (1-1, 1-2) to compete with. She added that the West Valley team is very tactical in its playing style, which is different from other teams in the league.
"We didn't have the speed to keep up with them," said Jolliff.
She said that the girls will be working on sprints to increase quickness on the field.
The Lady Grizzlies will be playing in Wapato Saturday morning for their third league game of the season.