EAST WENATCHEE - The Sunnyside Grizzly boys soccer team pressured host Eastmont in the second half, but came up short 2-0 in the league opener this past Saturday.
The Wildcats did all their scoring in a five-minute span in the first half, when Sunnyside scored an own-goal in the 30th minute and Eastmont's Mitch Meyers found the back of the net for a goal in the 35th minute.
That put the hosts up 2-0 at the half.
Sunnyside Coach David Guevara said his team was slow in warming up after the long bus ride to Eastmont. He said it didn't help that field conditions were muddy thanks to a wet snow earlier that morning.
Sunnyside was outshot 4-to-0 in the first half.
That all changed in the second half, though, as the Grizzlies had five shots on goal compared to just one for Eastmont.
"Our legs were starting to wake up and in the second half we did much better," said Guevara, who noted his team had several one-on-one opportunities at the Eastmont net.
"We had many opportunities that just didn't fall," he said. Guevara also noted his team was hampered because it didn't have the right cleats for Eastmont's muddy field.
Despite the hurdles, Sunnyside made it a match, thanks to help from keeper Cristian Vargas, who recorded five saves.
Sunnyside (1-1-1) returns to league play tomorrow, Tuesday, at home against Hanford. The contest will be played at Chief Kamaikin Elementary School's field and will start at 4 p.m.