YAKIMA - The Sunnyside High School soccer team fell to the West Valley Rams 2-0 last night (Tuesday) in a 3A CBBN match.
The loss is the Grizzlies' third in the last four matches, but SHS Coach Juan Pineda said he's not worried.
"I'm confident we'll do better in the second round of our schedule," he said. "The closer it is to the playoffs we tend to peak."
Sunnyside hasn't played bad in their league losses and last night was no different. Pineda said he team played very well, but West Valley's keeper was phenomenal.
"We played good, but their keeper was outstanding," Pineda said. "They scored early, but after that we owned the game, we just couldn't put the ball in the net."
Dakota Borchardt, who played keeper for the Rams, recorded 11 saves.
"He played sensational," Pineda added. "He made the difference in the match."
Both of West Valley's goals were kind of flukes, Pineda said. In the fourth minute of play several players from both teams were crowded around the Grizzly goal. A West Valley player took a shot but hit one of his own players in the back of the head. The ball ricocheted off the player's head and bounced over Sunnyside keeper Eddie Garcia for a goal.
Up 1-0, West Valley's aggressiveness increased.
In the 22nd minute a Rams' player took a long shot that didn't appear to be that dangerous. Garcia easily reached the shot and blocked it with one hand to the ground with the intention of picking it up. Instead, the ball spun wildly and just crossed the line for West Valley's second goal.
"West Valley created about five opportunities," Pineda said. "The rest of the game we controlled every line."
Sunnyside's forwards didn't have the best game, Pineda said. They would beat their defenders, but could never get the ball past Borchardt.
Sunnyside (3-3, 4-3-1) will have the rest of the week off before hosting Kennewick on Saturday, April 9, at 1 p.m.