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Grizzlies outlast Hanford, 2-1

Jesus Gudino scored two goals to spark the Sunnyside Grizzly boys soccer team past visiting Hanford 2-1 in a non-league contest this past Saturday.

Gudino's first goal in the 18th minute was set up when teammate Javier Contreras made a run down the right side of the field and crossed a ball over the Hanford defense. Gudino gathered in the ball and fired a shot past the Falcons' keeper.

Gudino, a junior, found the back of the net again in the 32nd minute when Sunnyside's Mark Meza served up a corner kick that floated over the Hanford defense. Gudino beat the defense and headed the ball into the upper corner of the net to make it 2-0 for Sunnyside.

That remained the score at the half and Hanford finally cracked the scoreboard in the 60th minute when it capitalized on a penalty kick.

"Our defender played a little aggressive," said Sunnyside Coach Juan Pineda.

In fact, the coach added, the match became so physical that it threatened to get out of hand. Pineda said the Hanford coach elected to pull his players from the game in the 40th minute of the second half even though there were seven minutes of additional time remaining.

"There were fouls that the officials didn't see on both sides," said Pineda. "The Hanford coach thought the game was too physical and didn't want to continue."

Pineda compared the rough and tumble play to a playoff match. "It's Hanford's style of play to be physical and we responded," he said. "But it got more physical than it should be. Kids on both sides were getting away with stuff."

Pineda, though, was happy to see his team finally crack the scoreboard after scoring just one goal in the first two matches combined, including a 0-0 tie last week against rival Grandview.

"The main thing we were working on was finishing the play and moving the ball forward," he said. "The more precise we become with our passing the more games we'll win."

Sunnyside (1-0, 1-1-1) outshot Hanford 15 to 7 for the match. Grizzly keeper Luis Garcia recorded six saves.

The Grizzlies return to action this Wednesday for a 5 p.m. game at Kamiakin High School.

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