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Grizzlies win second game in a row

RICHLAND - The Sunnyside Grizzly boys soccer team made it two wins in a row this past Saturday with a 4-1 victory at league foe Richland.

Sunnyside's Brian Galvan did most of the damage, recording a hat trick, three goals, in a span of 12 minutes during the first half to stake the Grizzlies to a 3-0 lead at the break.

"Our kids came out with more precision on the passing," said Sunnyside Coach Juan Pineda. "We brought a lot of intensity to the front line."

The precise passes from the midfield to forward positions meant the Grizzlies could create more scoring opportunities without wasting energy in fielding errant passes, Pineda said.

Galvan started his trifecta with a goal in the 18th minute on an assist by Jesus Gudino. Galvan struck again in the 25th and 30th minutes on assists by Jesus Solis and Alfredo Gomez, respectively.

Pineda said the Sunnyside attack against the Bombers started long before the 18th minute.

"Before the 18th minute we had been knocking on the door several times," the coach said. "That gave confidence to the team that sooner or later we were going to get on in. Once we did that, we just picked up our game."

The Grizzlies had 16 shot attempts on goal compared to just eight for Richland. Sunnyside keeper Joaquin Perez recorded five saves.

Pineda praised his defense in holding Richland to just one goal, that coming in the 52nd minute. "We did well with quick transitions to defense," he said. "We recovered the ball before they (the Bombers) could do too many passes. We had good discipline."

Sunnyside's Jordan Esqueda answered with an unassisted goal in the 60th minute to close out the scoring.

Sunnyside (2-6, 5-6) won for the second game in a row after a 3-2 win over Selah last week, all coming after a six-game losing streak.

"The kids have more confidence and faith in what we're practicing," Pineda said. "We went through some hard times, but it's a new beginning for us."

After Saturday's match and looking ahead to hosting Moses Lake this coming Wednesday, Pineda said he told his players, "We went through some hard times, but it's a new beginning for us. Forget about the past and concentrate on what's working for us."

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