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Grizzlies fall to West Valley

YAKIMA - A Regional tournament playoff game filled with fouls and interruptions ended with the Sunnyside Grizzlies losing to the West Valley Rams by a score of 2-1.

Sunnyside started off on the right foot when David Alejandro De La Torre passed the ball to Jose Ramos and he headed the ball into the goal.

"This goal was not allowed due to a questionable offsides call," Sunnyside Coach Juan Pineda said.

To slow down the Grizzlies, Pineda said the Rams started to commit fouls just outside the box to prevent any penalty kicks. With Sunnyside's rhythm broken, the Grizzlies received several yellow cards when they tried to fight back. While trying to get control of the game, the Rams scored in the 22nd minute to take a 1-0 lead.

Ten minutes later the Rams made it 2-0 when West Valley's John Stump made a goal.

At halftime the Grizzlies made some adjustments due to the way the officials were calling the game. "I did not want to lose any more players to yellow cards," Pineda said.

The Grizzlies started the second half with lots of intensity and ended up taking a penalty kick to cut the lead to 2-1.

"After this goal we got really pumped up and created play after play and shot after shot," Pineda said.

Alas, it was too late as time ran out on the Grizzlies and their season.

"At the beginning of the season I said we were going to be one of the top teams in the league and we were," Pineda added. "We had a winning season and nothing can stop me from being proud of my boys. The players and I did everything we had to do to get a title, we have been a good team for years but sometimes you get a rare referee and other teams win."

The Grizzlies finished their season with a 14-5 record.

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