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Sunnyside loses battle with Bulldogs

PASCO - The Sunnyside girls soccer team last night fought the Pasco Bulldogs to the very end, but came up short 2-0.

Lady Grizzly Coach Sylvia Villagrana said her team kept Pasco from scoring until the 27th minute of the match.

The Bulldogs weren't able to score again until minute 57.

Sunnyside's Erika Garcia was instrumental for the stance made by her team, but not because she was on the field motivating the Lady Grizzlies.

Garcia was injured and taken to the hospital in the opening half.

Villagrana said the injury, although not caused by a Pasco player, was a motivating factor in that it caused the Sunnyside players to get angry.

"The team was determined and aggressive," said Villagrana, stating the emotions were running high and the Sunnyside players took them out on the field.

Sunnyside had enough players, it wasn't crippled by injuries last night. For the past three games the team didn't have any substitutes due to injuries, but last night some of the injured Lady Grizzlies returned to play.

Villagrana played an extra defender at midfield to further the hold the Pasco offense at bay.

On Sunnyside's offensive end, 15 shots were made on goal, but the team wasn't able to place the ball in the net.

She said it was impressive to see her players marking their opponents with fervor, keeping the Bulldogs from gaining complete control over the match.

Pasco was able to make 17 attempts at the goal, and Sunnyside keeper Liz Escobar stopped 15 of those shots from making it past the crossbars.

"The (Bulldog) coach wasn't very happy because I think he was expecting more (goals) after we lost so badly to Kamiakin," said Villagrana, stating she was pleased with the effort of the Lady Grizzlies.

She admitted many of the players who suffered concussions earlier in the season were timid about heading the ball, but made up for it in the attack.

Sunnyside (1-11, 1-12-1) will Saturday host West Valley for the Lady Grizzlies' final home match of the season.


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