WEST VALLEY - Mid-Valley League soccer juggernaut West Valley showed why it is among the state's best Tuesday, defeating Sunnyside 15-1 in the regular season finale.
The short-handed Lady Grizzlies were missing five players due to injury, making the job against the Rams even more difficult.
"I thought it better to save the injured players for the playoff game on Thursday," Coach Kathy Jolliff noted of the loser-out contest tomorrow in Ellensburg. "That left me with about four experienced varsity players on the field (against West Valley) with the other seven freshmen or sophomores."
The Rams broke the ice in the fifth minute with a goal to go up 1-0 against the young Sunnyside squad. "I decided to not worry about the outcome, but use it as game experience for those that will be taking the place of some of my seniors," said Jolliff. "So, I played freshman Teresa Ramos at sweeper."
Jolliff praised Ramos for "an outstanding job in the back." The coach added, "She will be as good as (Yanet) Candido and (Cassie) Jolliff at the rate she is improving."
Speaking of Candido, the senior tallied Sunnyside's lone goal of the match when she took a feed from Jolliff and fired the ball into the back of the net from 30 yards out.
Despite the shooting barrage from West Valley - Sunnyside was outshot by a 4-to-1 ration - keeper Amanda Williams came through with "great saves," noted Jolliff. "She even got stepped on in the heat of the game but she never gave up."
Jolliff said Sunnyside (3-9, 4-12) is keeping its head and hopes high heading into the mini-playoff game at Ellensburg Thursday at 3:30 p.m. The winner advances to the district tourney.