KENNEWICK - Columbia Basin League power Kamiakin was too much for the Sunnyside High School girls soccer team last night, Wednesday, in a 10-0 win.
The result may have been similar to a 9-0 loss to Southridge last Saturday, but Lady Grizzly Coach John Soule said the effort was much better last night.
"It was two different Sunnyside teams," said Soule. "We gave Kamiakin fits the whole way through. I'm proud of the way the girls responded compared to the Southridge game."
Kamiakin struck for two goals in the first five minutes of play and never looked back.
Though down 6-0 at the break, Soule said Sunnyside was able to shut down the Braves' offense for the first 25 minutes of the second half.
"They scored two in the last three minutes," Soule said of a late Sunnyside outburst. "We played with a high intensity and I think we wore ourselves out."
Last night's match did mark a return to the line-up of some Sunnyside veterans who were previously ineligible.
That included keeper Yesenia Ruiz, who recorded nine saves against the Kamiakin attack.
"She did in outstanding job in goal," Soule observed. "The Kamiakin girls came at her all game. She put the pressure on them to make tough goals."
Sunnyside had one shot on goal in the contest, that coming on an attempt by Sasha Castro with about 20 minutes left in the match.
Soule also singled out Teresa Ramos for praise in her defensive effort. "She played an outstanding game and our entire midfield did a good job. It was a whole team effort."
The renewed effort last night combined with a return of some players to the varsity means a new outlook for the Sunnyside program, Soule said.
"We just need to really focus on what our roles on the team are and trust each other," Soule observed. "Getting that trust is essential in order to rely on that person you're kicking that ball to."
The rebuilding Sunnyside program (0-2, 0-3) is back in action tonight, Thursday, for a non-league match at East Valley.
Soule hopes to see continued improvement tonight against the 2A Red Devils, "We're going to focus on our (team) goals and keep the level of intensity and aggressiveness."