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Lady Grizzlies fall in overtime

The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly soccer team couldn't make a 2-0 lead hold up and lost 3-2 in overtime last night to visiting Pasco.

Tuesday night's match was scoreless at the half as both teams mustered just five shot attempts between them.

That all changed in the second half when Sunnyside broke through for a pair of quick goals.

The first score came in the 47th minute when Erica Garcia scored on a shot from the left side with an assist by Analisa Van Oostrum.

Sunnyside struck again 10 minutes later when Laura Carillo drilled a shot from the right side, again assisted by Van Oostrum.

"In the second half the girls came out more aggressive," Sunnyside Coach Sylvia Villagrana said. "They were really looking for their shot."

Heading into the match's final 20 minutes with a 2-0 lead, it looked like Sunnyside might have a chance to claim just its second league win of the season.

Villagrana said her players were thinking the same thing but surrendered goals in the 64th and 76th minutes on defensive miscues.

"They thought we had the match won, they relaxed," she said.

The first Bulldog goal came when Sunnyside was caught off guard in the middle. "They had a couple of passes and then it was in," Villagrana said.

Pasco's second goal, just four minutes from the end of regulation, found the back of the net when Villagrana said Sunnyside keeper Perla Ponce dove to the wrong side to stop a shot and collided with the Pasco player. "The ball rolled in," the coach said.

Pasco's two late goals sent the match into sudden death overtime.

Again, Sunnyside appeared to have the upper hand, controlling the ball through the opening minutes of the extra session.

"All of a sudden things went bad and they (the Bulldogs) had a wide open shot," Villagrana said.

Pasco found the back of the net on the shot to escape Sunnyside with a victory.

It marked the second consecutive match in which Sunnyside had held a team scoreless for more than 60 minutes, only to surrender a couple of goals over the final 20 minutes.

"We have to finish strong," Villagrana said. "There's no room for letting our guard down. We need to keep pushing ourselves."

Sunnyside will look to push on to victory this coming Saturday when it travels to play rival West Valley.

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