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Sunnyside boys shred Hanford Falcons

RICHLAND - A former keeper scored a goal, and a former wing recorded four saves yesterday in the Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team's lopsided 4-0 win at Hanford.

"People have stepped up into positions that weren't theirs for many years," Coach David Guevara said of the Grizzlies' CBBN road victory on Tuesday.

Keeper Cristian Vargas, who played the wing until this year, preserved Sunnyside's shutout with four saves.

The Grizzlies fourth goal, booted in the 75th minute, was scored by Eddie Garcia, who had been a keeper prior to this season.

Guevara said the match turned early in Sunnyside's favor sparked by his midfielders, Armando Armenta, Robert Zapien and Enrique De La Cruz.

"It was a well fought game in the middle," he said. "It was a beautiful game. The kids showed up to play and everyone put it together."

Sunnyside's first score came on a header by De La Cruz in the 20th minute on a corner kick off the foot of teammate Abel Martinez.

De La Cruz later assisted on Garcia's goal.

Armenta tallied the second Sunnyside score on a penalty kick in the 35th minute.

The other Sunnyside goal came in the 55th minute when Javier Contreras scored on an assist by Oswaldo Lopez.

Sunnyside, which had scored just four goals in its last four matches combined, experienced an offensive outburst yesterday. Guevara says that's in part due to practice in moving the ball into scoring position.

"We've been practicing on centering kids from the outside to score on a header," he says. "We're trying to get our wings to run up and down the field a little more and get more intentional with their kicks."

Sunnyside (4-4, 5-4-1) hosts Eastmont, a State tourney qualifier last year, this coming Saturday in a key CBBN league tilt.

"You can't base things on one game, but this will be one of those measuring sticks," Guevara said of tussling with the Wildcats this Saturday. "We've been talking to the kids to stay positive and communicate with each other. Our captains are really starting to step up and taking charge out in the field."

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