Sunnyside's girls soccer team made quick work of last-place Wapato on Saturday. Paced by Yanet Candido's three first-half assists, the Lady Grizzlies struck early and often in a 6-0 home win.
"We were determined to start the game strong," said Coach Kathy Jolliff, whose team was coming off an 8-0 loss to West Valley just two days earlier. "The girls needed to play well and to score big because they needed to see that their hard work was paying off."
Paying off, indeed.
Candido, last year's leading scorer for Sunnyside, drew a crowd in the penalty box then fed Leslie Jones for a goal just four minutes into the contest.
"She played an incredibly unselfish game," Jolliff said of Candido.
Six minutes later the same two players teamed up - Candido to Jones - for a second goal to make it 2-0 and the rout was on.
Candido's assisting "hat trick" was completed in the 38th minute on a long pass to Cassie Jolliff, who knocked it home for a 3-0 halftime lead.
In the 50th minute reserve Gloria Galvan attempted a shot on goal, which bounced off a player and rebounded back to her. Galvan made the most of the opportunity to put Sunnyside up 4-0 and two minutes later Alejandra Benetiz scored on an assist from Jones.
The Lady Grizzlies collected their final goal for the game in the 78th minute, when Cassie Jolliff scored with an assist from Galvan.
Sunnyside's domination was not only complete on the offensive side of the ball, but defensively as well. Lady Grizzly keeper Amanda Williams came up with a shut out on just two saves.
"One of those saves came in the last minutes of the game from a kick that was going in and Amanda was able to get just enough on the ball to deflect it to the side," Jolliff said in praising her keeper.
Sunnyside (2-1, 2-3) returns home tomorrow, Tuesday, when they take on Selah at 6 p.m.