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Sunnyside girls unable to put Bulldogs on leash

Last night's match against Pasco went much better for the Lady Grizzly soccer team than the past two games, in which they were blanked by identical 10-0 scores.

Although the Bulldogs won the match 3-1 Tuesday evening, there were several close scoring opportunities for Sunnyside, which hosted the match.

Megan Zimmerman of Pasco was the first to get the ball past the crossbars. She scored the first of her two goals two minutes after the opening whistle.

"There was miscommunication between the (Sunnyside) keeper and a defensive player, which was very upsetting," said Lady Grizzly Coach Sylvia Villagrana.

She said Sunnyside recovered from the goal and there was a back and forth across the field before Lady Grizzly Vianca Madrigal gained control of the ball.

"As she (Madrigal) was moving through the center of the field she had an open pass on goal, yet the keeper lost control of the ball and Susana Arreola was there to connect into the net and finish it," said Villagrana. The goal came at the 23-minute mark.

The teams were tied 1-1 at halftime.

Villagrana said both teams were vying for control of the ball for the first part of the closing half, but Pasco gained the advantage at about the 62-minute mark.

"(The Bulldogs) worked very well against our defense to get the ball into the net," said the coach. Pasco was successful in getting the ball to Zimmerman for its second goal.

With only two minutes left in the match Sunnyside began to waver. The team, according to Villagrana, began making mistakes on defense.

"That is they tried taking the ball back out and Pasco took control and shot it into the far post, scoring their third goal," she said.

The goal was scored by Makena Snider.

Villagrana was overall pleased with the fight Sunnyside showed on the field. She said the marking of their opponents was better, but the Lady Grizzlies still need work on passing and connecting with one another.

"It was frustrating to a certain point, yet one is somewhat satisfied with the play of the game," she said.

Villagrana said matches like the one played last night don't come easy and it is up to the players to give 110 percent.

She credited Sunnyside keeper Liz Escobar for a valiant effort. Escobar had 15 saves.

The Lady Grizzlies (0-4, 0-5-1) will travel to Lampson Field this coming Saturday to square off with Kamiakin.

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