KENNEWICK - Struggling on offense, the Sunnyside High School soccer team suffered its second straight setback, this time a 1-0 loss to Southridge High School.
Sunnyside Coach Juan Pineda said the Southridge Suns are a team that play with the same intensity throughout the game. Just one moment of weakness and they will pounce on you, he added.
It was that intensity that won out in the 75th minute of play. Southridge had the ball in front of the Grizzly goal and was threatening. Sunnyside's Luis Perez went to clear the ball but instead hit a Southridge defender in the process.
The ball deflected off the Southridge player and landed right in front of Southridge forward Phil Vorheis.
"He did a quick shot that beat Joaquin (Perez)," Pineda said. "It was the only shot he (Vorheis) took all game."
Pineda said his team didn't play bad, they just couldn't generate any offense.
"We are struggling with our offense right now," he explained. "We're not connecting very well and we're not shooting."
He said his team controlled the game most of the way up until the 75th minute.
"We're not producing and that's an area of concern right now," he admitted. "Every team will play harder during the second round of the season. We have to make some changes in front to see how things will work."
The Suns finished the day with four shots on goal, the Grizzlies had six. Twice during the first half Sunnyside had scoring opportunities in front of the Suns' goal but couldn't capitalize.
"We're playing good soccer, but when it's time to finish, we don't finish," Pineda said. "I have confidence in the guys. I know we'll bounce back. We just need to work really hard."
Sunnyside (3-2, 5-2) will host Eastmont this Tuesday, April 1, at 7 p.m.