PASCO - The Lady Grizzly soccer team showed improved defense last night but still fell to host Pasco 3-0.
Tuesday night's contest was tight from the start, as Pasco didn't find its first score until midway through the first half.
The Bulldogs knocked in another score before the half to go up 2-0 at the break.
Led by 11 saves from freshman keeper Marisol Gomez, Sunnyside kept Pasco at bay for much of the second half with the exception of a goal in the 67th minute.
Coach Sylvia Villagrana said the improved defense was due to some switches, including moving Ana Lugo from forward to defender and midfielder Samantha Reyes to a defensive stopper.
Though Sunnyside played better on defense, the Lady Grizzlies on offense again struggled to find the back of the net.
It wasn't for lack of trying, though, as the Lady Grizzlies recorded 12 shot attempts.
Villagrana said Sunnyside had three great chances in the second half to score, when Ruby Herrera and Karla Osorio opened up the Pasco defense with timely passing. "Three times Ruby basically outran their defender," Villagrana said. "Her shots were there but the keeper got two and one hit the crossbar."
Sunnyside (0-4, 1-5) returns to action this Saturday when it hosts Kamiakin.
Between now and then, Villagrana said her team will be working on passing and communication drills.
"We had better opportunities than Pasco had," she said. "Errors cost us the game."
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