KENNEWICK - The Sunnyside High School boys soccer team yesterday, Wednesday, had its way with host Kamiakin.
Sergio Licona scored two goals and assisted on a third to lead Sunnyside to a 4-0 win over the Braves.
It was anyone's match in the first half, as the Grizzlies' Alfredo Gomez accounted for the only goal, coming in the 12th minute on an assist from Javier Contreras.
The Braves had a chance to tie the score in the first half, but Grizzly keeper Luis Garcia made a diving stop to knock away a penalty kick attempt.
Sunnyside Coach Juan Pineda said the Grizzlies changed their strategy in the second half, using speed to outflank Kamiakin's defenders.
The results were immediate as just seven minutes into the second half Licona scored after a Sunnyside free kick attempt near the Kamiakin goal.
Twelve minutes later, Licona served up a curving free kick to assist Isaac Meza on a goal. "Isaac anticipated the ball and headed it in," Pineda said.
With Sunnyside up 3-0 and with just six minutes left in regulation, Licona struck for his second goal, finding the back of the net on a penalty kick after Meza was taken down near the Kamiakin goal.
"We made them chase and used our speed against them," Pineda said. "Three of the goals were because we were one-on-one against their keeper. It was nice to see our guys finish off the plays, being more creative."
The coach also praised his defense, led by Jordan Esqueda, Omar Vergara and Bradly Lopez.
"Our defense was consistent on the back line," he said.
Pineda also singled out keepers Garcia and freshman Max Ramos, who combined for six saves.
Sunnyside returns to action this Saturday at home against Southridge, with the varsity match set to start at 1 p.m. and the junior varsity match at 11 a.m.