RICHLAND - One of the Mid-Valley League's heavier hitters, Hanford, was too much for Sunnyside's soccer team in a 7-0 loss.
"I felt that the game was much better than what the score reflected," noted Coach Kathy Jolliff. "We played tough, but we had some miscommunication on three of their goals."
Host Hanford wasted little time in getting on the scoreboard, striking for goals in the 11th and 13th minutes to go up 2-0. Goals in the 24th and 35th minutes made it a 4-0 halftime deficit for the Lady Grizzlies.
Hanford put the icing on the cake with three second half goals.
Keeper Amanda Williams had 14 saves for Sunnyside (3-7, 4-10), which is tied with Ellensburg for the Mid-Valley League's fifth and final playoff spot.
"We need to beat Prosser on Saturday," Jolliff said of breaking the tie. The Mustangs defeated Sunnyside 1-0 in the two teams' first match-up last month. In that one, Sunnyside outshot Prosser by a large margin.
"We'll probably start our offensive attack a little heavier," Jolliff said of her strategy against Prosser.
If Ellensburg and Sunnyside remain in a tie following the regular season then the teams will play a tie-breaker match next week.