YAKIMA - Resting most of his starters for this coming Friday's District game, Sunnyside Coach Juan Pineda got a chance to see his younger players in action Tuesday night as the Grizzlies beat Davis 2-1.
"I put a lot of freshmen in," he said. "I wanted to save my guys for Friday's game. "We had to be careful not to go out with a weak line-up but we also didn't want to go out there 100 percent and take the chance of someone getting hurt."
After securing the CBL league soccer title last Saturday, Sunnyside was more concerned with getting out of last night's non-league game unscratched. The team did that and better, they came away with a win from the 4A school.
The Grizzlies drew first blood in the 16th minute of play on a Jesus Gudino goal. Pineda said Jesus Solis took a shot at the Davis keeper and Gudino collected the rebound and put it cleanly away.
Davis came right back in the 20th minute. Jesus Manriguez took a long shot in very windy conditions. The ball moved with the wind and when it hit the ground, the ball bounced right over Sunnyside keeper Eric Vizguerra's head.
Sunnyside secured the win when Armando Ortiz did a banana kick into the goal in the 76th minute.
"We were lucky we scored first," Pineda said. "We were able to dictate the tempo of the game."
Sunnyside will start District playoff action this Friday, when they host North Central of Spokane at 6 p.m. at Clem Senn Field.