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Sunnyside rallies for non-league tie

WAPATO - Due to last night's Sunnyside and Wapato girls soccer game being a non-league contest, once regulation ended with the score tied at 2-2 the referees declared a draw.

The Wolves and Grizzlies could not pass go, could not have a period of overtime and could not engage in a shootout.

Instead, both teams were sent home wondering what if...

"We wanted to see how we could have done," Sunnyside Coach Jon Soule said of an overtime period. "We had the momentum at the end of the game and wanted to finish it off."

In the first half of play it was clearly Wapato that had the momentum as the Wolves scored twice in the first 25 minutes of play to take a 2-0 lead.

Soule said both goals were breakaways where the Wapato player was able to get behind the Sunnyside defense and beat the keeper for a goal.

"The first half we played bad," Soule said. "The girls knew it. They were mad at themselves at halftime."

Soule said his team was just going through the motions on the field in the first half, doing a lot of walking with no hustle.

"We weren't controlling the ball," he added.

In the second half the Lady Grizzlies were determined not to let that happen and came out aggressive, playing solid defense and getting their mid-fielders to attack.

"I think our keeper (Perla Ponce) only touched the ball twice in the second half," Soule said.

Sunnyside's Michelle Galvan picked up her eighth and ninth goals of the season after intermission, scoring unassisted goals in the 55th and 70th minutes.

Galvan took a pass deep in the corner, then beat two players and took a hard shot for her first goal of the night.

She made it 2-2 when a shot she took deflected off a Wapato defender and bounced over the keeper's head for a goal.

Sunnyside out shot the Wolves 25 to 9 in the match. Ponce recorded six saves for the Lady Grizzlies while her Wapato counterpart had eight saves.

Soule said his team wasn't at 100 percent in the second half but still had several opportunities.

"We need to be a little more disciplined to be able to finish off those plays," he added.

Sunnyside (1-2, 2-2-1) will host Southridge High School Saturday, Sept. 20, for a 1 p.m. match.

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