WENATCHEE - Although it was a tight match between the Wenatchee Panthers and the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies, the home team ended up securing the win last night.
The Panthers secured the only two goals of the match in the opening half of play.
Olivia Doerr of Wenatchee took the ball from the outside half of the field and drove it to the 20-yard mark before shooting it past Sunnyside's outside wing and into the back of the net at the 23-minute mark.
"Macenzie (Butler) had her finger tips on the ball, but it wasn't enough," Sunnyside Coach Sylvia Villagrana said of the Lady Grizzly keeper's efforts to stop the shot.
Before the Panthers scored their second goal, Villagrana said both teams put up a great fight on the field. She said there was a lot of tension and Sunnyside continued to make its own attempts at equalizing the match.
"We just couldn't connect," she said.
Wenatchee, however, made the second goal when a defender snatched the ball from Sunnyside's offense and passed it to an outside midfielder.
The ball went past the crossbars and into the back of the net at the 37-minute mark.
That was the final goal of the match, but Sunnyside didn't know what the second half would bring.
"I was glad the first half was over, yet frustrated that each time we tried to get one in it just didn't connect with the back of the net," Villagrana said.
She said Wenatchee's two goals were both stoppable and that made it even more frustrating.
"We were always off by just one touch in both aspects of putting the ball into the net and trying to stop our opponents," said Villagrana.
She said the Lady Grizzlies battled hard in the second half of action. Their tenacity, she said, helped them shut down the Panther offense.
"The girls should be proud of their play," said the coach.
Butler recorded a total of 11 saves against Wenatchee and the Lady Grizzlies had 10 shots on goal.
Panther keeper Jackie Bollinger kept Sunnyside from scoring six times. Her teammates made a total of 16 attempts at the goal.
Tomorrow (Saturday) Sunnyside (2-8, 4-10-1) will host a loser-out District play-in match against Kennewick, starting at 11 a.m.