Two first half goals by Davis proved to be enough last night, Tuesday, as the Pirates got past Sunnyside 3-1 in CBBN play.
Sunnyside played with more intensity that it has in previous games but the Lady Grizzlies are still hampered by the flu bug and several girls missed the game. Sunnyside was so short of players that the Grizzlies couldn't even substitute, forcing the players to play every minute of the game.
Davis got out to a quick start, thanks to Reina Rodriguez. She scored two goals in the first 16 minutes of the match to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead.
In the seventh minute of play Rodriguez took a free kick at just about the mid-field mark. Instead of passing it off to a teammate she booted the ball towards the Grizzly goal. Sunnyside Coach Jon Soule said his defense reacted slowly but added that Rodriguez just hit a great shot. The ball hit the cross bar of the goal and bounced in.
Then, in the 16th minute of play, the Pirates got another easy goal that developed because of sloppy play from the Grizzlies.
Sunnyside keeper Perla Ponce muffed a punt and Davis took control of the ball near Sunnyside's sideline. A Davis player was able to get the ball in front of Sunnyside's goal and Rodriguez slipped in between two Sunnyside defenders and beat Ponce to the ball, slipping it past her for a 2-0 Pirate lead.
After that Sunnyside settled down and began to play better. Soule said the Grizzlies tried to control the game with short passes and after Rodriguez's second goal, the Grizzlies were able to do that.
Sunnyside had its opportunities in the first half. Sam Wright was fouled inside the 18-yard box, which gave the Grizzlies a free penalty kick. Analisa Van Oostrum took the shot but was unable to get the ball past the Davis keeper.
"We got some pretty good pressure, we just didn't get any good shots off," Soule said.
Stephanie Ruiz gave Davis a 3-0 lead in the 49th minute of play thanks to poor defense by Sunnyside. Soule said Ruiz got the ball at the top of the 18-yard box and dribbled between three Sunnyside defenders to get free for a shot that got by Sunnyside keeper Liz Sustaita.
Sunnyside finally got on the board in the 68th minute of play. The Grizzlies had a free kick near the corner of the Pirates' goal when Michelle Galvan centered the ball and found Ana Lugo in front of the goal. Lugo cleanly headed the ball into the Davis goal.
"We were pretty tired at that point but the goal really fired them up," Soule said. "The last 10 minutes they played as hard as they could."
Both Ponce and Sustaita finished with two saves apiece for Sunnyside. The Lady Grizzlies got off five shots on goal. Davis had nine.
The loss drops Sunnyside to 1-4 in CBBN league play and 3-4 overall. The Lady Grizzlies have Thursday off and Soule is hoping to get most of his players back for its next game with West Valley. Sunnyside will travel to Yakima on Saturday, Sept. 26, for a 1 p.m. match with the Rams.