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Lady Grizzlies defeat Wapato

WAPATO - The Sunnyside High School girls soccer team beat the Wapato Wolves 5-1 Saturday for its second win in Mid-Valley League action.

"In the beginning of the game we weren't playing very well," said Sunnyside Coach Kathy Jolliff. "I knew we should be putting more balls in the net."

In the 34th minute of the game Sunnyside freshman Alejandra Benitez scored the first goal of the game on an in-bounds pass.

According to Jolliff, Nikki Hernandez flicked it to Araceli Moralez, who received it and passed it to Benitez.

Going into halftime with a 1-0 lead, Jolliff told her players that they needed to enter the second half of the game with a change in their attack plan.

"Wapato was bunching. They tended to just play down the middle. We like to spread out," said Jolliff. She explained that some teams tend to adapt to other team's style of play.

"When we start playing our game, things went better for us. They (Sunnyside) were rushing too much, they needed to spread out," said Jolliff, who added that the change made a big difference in the game.

After halftime, in the 43rd minute of the game, Sunnyside's Yanet Candido took a shot on goal, which was deflected, but Cassie Jolliff was able to rebound the ball and shoot it past the goalie.

She added that in about the 42th minute of the game Gloria Galvan passed off to Candido, who put another one in the back of the net.

Wapato's lone point came at about the 55th minute of the game. Wapato's Jessica Valencia scored the point for Wapato.

"We had a minute of uncertainty," said Jolliff, who explained that she had just changed player positions on the field the minute before the Wapato goal.

A few minutes later Sunnyside's Galvan was fouled in the penalty area and Sunnyside was awarded a penalty kick.

"Candido took that kick and put it into the back of the net," said Jolliff.

In about the 65th minute of the game, Candido scored her third goal of the game on a pass from Victoria Garza.

With a strong lead, Jolliff traded out goalie Victoria Solis to give her some field time. Morales spent 10 minutes in the goal and Candido another 10 minutes, said Jolliff.

Although the Sunnyside girls won, Jolliff said, "If we'd started the game a little bit smarter we'd have more points."

She said that although Candido scored three of Sunnyside's five goals, the game was a real team effort.

"Half a dozen of my players were involved in making those goals," said Jolliff.

Sunnyside (2-1, 2-2) will play three away games this week beginning Tuesday in Selah.

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