MOSES LAKE - The 3A Sunnyside Grizzly boys soccer team hung tough, but couldn't catch up with host 4A Moses Lake last night, Wednesday.
The Lions scored in the ninth minute of play and never looked back in a 4-0 win over the Grizzlies.
Moses Lake scored again just 10 minutes later on a disputed goal, in which Sunnyside Coach Juan Pineda said the Chieftains appeared to be offside.
Sunnyside trailed 2-0 at the half, but any hopes of a comeback were quashed when Moses Lake found the back of the net again just seven minutes into the second half.
The 3-0 advantage held up through the rest of the match as late in the contest Sunnyside began giving its reserves some playing time.
Moses Lake tacked on a late score on a Grizzly defensive miscue to seal the 4-0 win.
That's not to say Sunnyside didn't have opportunities to score.
"We had five solid shots in the last 10 minutes of the game," Pineda said. He noted the Grizzlies also had two golden opportunities slip away in the first half.
"We had two headers inside the box, one shot was deflected by a defender and another by the keeper," he said.
Pineda noted if one of those two attempts had found the back of the net it would have been a 1-1 match and it would have been a much different game.
For the match, Sunnyside keeper Luis Garcia recorded five saves and teammate Max Ramos had two saves.
"The kids are being positive," Pineda said following the loss. "Moses Lake is a decent team, they're two spots ahead of us in the standings."
Compounding the problem is that Sunnyside is fielding a relatively inexperienced team, Pineda said, and teams are targeting the Grizzlies because of Sunnyside's winning tradition.
Sunnyside (3-7, 4-7-1) now gets set to host Eastmont this coming Saturday.
"We can't look back, we just have to look forward and finish as hard as we can and do good in the playoffs," Pineda said.