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Second half surge not enough for Lady Grizzlies

The Sunnyside girls soccer team outscored Selah 3-2 in the second half in Tuesday night's Mid-Valley League match-up.

Unfortunately, the Lady Grizzlies trailed 2-0 at halftime and lost the home match 4-3.

"We were a second half team," Coach Kathy Jolliff said. "For some reason the girls started out very tentative in the first half."

Jolliff attributed some of that hesitation to going up against last year's 3A leading scorer in Selah's Caitlyn Bersing, who drilled in three goals in the victory last night over Sunnyside.

The injury bug also may have cost the Lady Grizzlies early momentum as starters Melissa Miller and Jessica Espinoza sat out the contest due to injuries.

Trailing 2-0 at halftime, Jolliff said she made some adjustments which resulted in her team's three second-half goals.

"We outplayed them in the second half but it wasn't enough to win," Jolliff added. "I got a kick out of one of the Selah coaches who commented that we were the sleeping giant that woke up in the second half!"

Sunnyside's leading scorer, Yanet Candido, found the back of the net for two goals. Candido's younger sister Evelyn assisted on one of the goals and Cassie Jolliff on the other.

Freshman Aarika Hernandez scored the Lady Grizzlies' other goal by picking up the rebound off a shot by Jackie Roberts. Sunnyside keeper Amanda Williams recorded six saves for the game.

Sunnyside (2-2, 2-4) has another home match this Thursday against Highland in non-league play beginning at 6 p.m.

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