WAPATO - On a cold night in Wapato, the Sunnyside soccer team came out strong and hungry against the Wolves to post a 6-1 victory in its first league game.
Silvano Ramos got Sunnyside on the right track in the seventh minute of the first half. "His shot was powerful and had a beautiful swerve, making it hard for the keeper to see the direction of the ball," Sunnyside Coach Juan Pineda said.
Ramos made the score 2-0 two minutes later when he sent a header, served by Alex Aguilar, into the net.
In the seventeenth minute, Daniel Valencia kicked the ball over the Wapato keeper's head to make it 3-0. A penalty kick by Luis Perez during the 33rd minute brought the score to 4-0 before halftime.
"At halftime I told the team they had to stay focused," Pineda said. "I didn't want a let down like in the game against Othello."
Sunnyside started the second half with six substitutes. The Grizzlies quickly started where they left off in the first half. In the first minute Julio Pallares received a cross from Miguel Galvan on top of the goal. "It was a good pass in which all Pallares had to do was push it in, which he did," Pineda said.
In the eighth minute of the second half Wapato scored its only goal of the night.
"Since we were dominating the game I allowed six substitute players to start the second half," Pineda explained. "Wapato noticed that and started to attack our goal a number of times. This created confusion for our team and gave Wapato's David Gonzalez an opportunity to shoot from close distance, getting a good shot by the post that our freshman keeper Joaquin Perez could not block."
That would be it for Wapato. Sunnyside added a sixth goal when Galvan blasted the ball into the goal with a header.
Though Pineda was happy with the win, he had cause for some worry.
"Even though we started the first half strong we lost intensity during the second half," Pineda said. "This is a weakness because we need to play the game at full speed for 90 minutes. If we don't learn to play like that it will cost us during the playoffs."
Sunnyside (1-0, 3-0) will host West Valley Saturday, March 25, at noon.