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S'side advances at Regionals

SPOKANE VALLEY - The Sunnyside Grizzlies walked away with a Regional Tournament win over East Valley of Spokane Tuesday. The Grizzlies won the game in teh second of two shootouts.

Brian Galvan-Velez took a long shot from 45 yards out and put it in the net with great ball and power placement, according to Sunnyside Coach Juan Pineda said.

"No keeper could have blocked that one," he added. "I've told my kids before, if we score the first goal we can dictate our style of play and we did this."

After scoring the first goal Sunnyside had some more scoring opportunities but failed to capitalize on them.

"The player that made the biggest difference in the game was Silvano Ramos," Pineda said. "He did an outstanding job controlling the game."

East Valley tied the game at one in the 34th minute. A long shot was taken on the Sunnyside goal and keeper Sam Wise came out to catch the ball. When he was in the air he was tackled by two East Valley players, causing him to fumble the ball and an East Valley forward came in to score.

Alex Aguilar scored in the second half to give Sunnyside a 2-1 lead. "He made the East Valley keeper commit and once the keeper was out, Alex powered a shot on the ground," Pineda said.

East Valley scored a goal to tie the game during the injury time, which set up an overtime situation. After a scoreless overtime, the teams went into a shootout.

After both teams tied in the first shootout, Daniel Ramos scored in the second shootout and his East Valley counterpart missed his opportunity and the Grizzlies escaped with a win.

Sunnyside will now play the Rams at West Valley Saturday, May 13, at noon.

"It will be a historic game," Pineda said. "The battle of the Titans. A classic match of World Cup caliber."

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