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Grizzlies win second straight

The Sunnyside Grizzlies' soccer team won its second straight match this past Saturday, a 2-1 home win against league rival West Valley. "It's a good time to peak with good soccer," said SHS Coach Juan Pineda. The win puts Sunnyside in fifth place in the 3A CBBN league. The Grizzlies (6-7, 7-7-1) will travel to Lampson Stadium on Tuesday, May 3, to play the Kennewick Lions in the last match of the regular season. A win would cement Sunnyside's fifth place position, but a loss could drop the Grizzlies to sixth. Either way, Sunnyside looks to begin the playoffs this Thursday. In Saturday's contest, the Rams scored first when Jesse Palacios received a long pass in front of Sunnyside's goal and was able to get it past keeper Eddie Garcia in the third minute of play. Humberto Bermudez got the equalizer for the Grizzlies in the 26th minute of play when he received a pass from Sergio Licona. "He just blasted the ball, there was no way the shot could be blocked," Pineda said. In the 58th minute of play, Jesus Gudino put a move on the West Valley keeper that totally fooled him. The keeper had no choice but to take Gudino down, resulting in a penalty kick. Hector Dominguez did the honors for Sunnyside, scoring on the PK and giving the Grizzlies a 2-1 lead, a lead that would hold up for the rest of the match. Pictured is Sunnyside's Omar Vergara (white jersey) battling for possession with West Valley's Sebastian Bauer. The Grizzlies recorded 12 shots on goal, West Valley had seven. Garcia made four saves for Sunnyside. West Valley's keeper recorded seven. "It was a really good game," Pineda added. "We're in better shape and have been running a lot. We're marking tighter and passing better."

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