SELAH - The Selah High School boys soccer team has long been known as a determined bunch and this past weekend was no exception.
But, the Sunnyside High School boys soccer team overcame the stingy defense of the Vikings to walk away with a 2-0 victory.
"I have a lot of respect for the defense of Selah," said Sunnyside Coach Juan Pineda.
Pineda also dished out praise for the rest of the Viking ship.
"They never stop playing," said Pineda.
The first half was a battle on both sides of the ball, as both teams fought to a scoreless tie.
The Grizzlies first goal of the game came with the help of a Sunnyside defender. Jerry Serna sneaked up from the back side to score for the Grizzlies at the fifth minute of the second half off a corner kick executed by Junior Garcia. Garcia then scored the Grizzlies' other goal at the 20th minute of the second half from an assist by Sadrac Franco.
Statistically, the Grizzlies should have scored a lot more in the game. Sunnyside outshot Selah 13 to 10 on goal. Grizzly keeper Sam Wise had seven saves while Selah's keeper had nine. Pineda said Selah has a really good goalie that stopped a number of shots by Sunnyside.
The Grizzlies, though, also caused some of their own problems.
Pineda said in the first half, the Grizzlies had about four good opportunities to score, only to see a couple of those shots hit the goal post.
Selah also did an outstanding job of marking up on Garcia, said Pineda. The Grizzly coach said that Selah sent two defenders on Garcia.
"That meant our other guys should have had opportunities," said Pineda. "We didn't capitalize."
The Grizzlies started the second half with a lot more intensity, which led to numerous opportunities, said Pineda. In the second half, the Grizzlies had three good opportunities to score, but didn't come away with anything to show.
The one thing about Saturday's game Pineda didn't like was that his team relaxed after scoring the second goal.
"We shouldn't relax," said Pineda.
Sunnyside went into the game with a couple of injuries and had to go to its bench. Pineda said his subs did a good job of filling in.
Overall, Pineda said his team did a good job.
"The limited runs they had against us, we stopped them," said Pineda. "We did pick it up."
The Grizzlies (4-1, 7-1) play host to Ellensburg this Tuesday night.