KENNEWICK - The Sunnyside Grizzly boys soccer team prevailed in a physical league contest this past Saturday, edging host Southridge 1-0.
"Southridge always brings a physical aspect to the game," said Sunnyside Coach David Guevara. "They're really a tough team to match up against."
Sunnyside did more than match up with the Suns, though, with what proved to be a game-winning goal in the 59th minute.
The game's lone score came following a Sunnyside corner kick, when the Southridge keeper deflected an Eddie Garcia header. Garcia's Sunnyside teammate, Max Ramos, collected the rebound and booted it into the Sun net.
"Max was in the right place at the right time and took a great shot," said Guevara.
Sunnyside looked to make it a 2-0 game in the 73rd minute when Abaron Garcia took a shot from the right side that seemed headed to the back of the Southridge net. But the Suns' keeper stretched out to make the save.
"From where we were it looked like it was going to go in, but their keeper made an incredible save, fully stretched out and stopped a sure goal," Guevara said of the save.
Southridge was fairly quiet on offense in the first half, but kept Grizzly keeper Crisitan Vargas busy in the second half with eight shots on goal.
In something of a chess match on the soccer pitch, Guevara said Southridge's coach brought its best player to the front to create more scoring opportunities.
In response, Guevara's fellow Sunnyside coach, Sergio Licona Sr., changed the Grizzly line-up.
"Coach Licona had to make a couple of changes," Guevara explained. "We were not as quick as them and had to make changes to keep them from scoring."
While the Grizzly back line held up, the Sunnyside offensive attack forced Southridge to eventually return its best player to the back to defend.
Sunnyside (2-1, 3-1-1) travels to Pasco tomorrow, Tuesday, to play the Bulldogs.