Although the Lady Grizzly soccer team had home field advantage last night against the Eastmont Wildcats, Sunnyside was unable to get the ball rolling in its favor.
The visitors, who were supposed to host the match, but went on the road instead because of poor air quality in the Wenatchee area, had control throughout most of the 80 minutes and won by a score of 6-1.
It was pretty much a downhill effort for the Lady Grizzlies from the outset. The Wildcats took control of the ball in the first two minutes of play and demolished the Sunnyside defense with a goal by Karlee Goehner.
She wasn't finished and moved the ball immediately back to the goal to score just one minute later, giving Eastmont a 2-0 lead.
Sunnyside Coach Sylvia Villagrana said the second goal was made from the 25-yard line and the ball soared over Lady Grizzly keeper Macenzie Butler.
"A few minutes later, a (Sunnyside) center mid(field player) gave off a bad pass, which gave Mia White her first goal of the night," Villagrana said, stating it didn't take long for the Wildcats to find paydirt again because the third goal came at the 5-minute mark.
"We didn't start as well as I had anticipated as the girls weren't quick to react...it was a frustrating first few minutes," she said.
Villagrana tried to substitute players and attempted to motivate them as they came off the field, "...talking to those who were in so the holes could get covered."
She said it seemed the Lady Grizzlies weren't mentally in the match during the opening half.
Some were suffering from illnesses, contributing to the problems.
The Lady Grizzlies did toughen up some because it took another 30 minutes before another goal was secured.
Sunnyside's defense shut the door on the goal until a weak pass provided the Wildcats another scoring opportunity. Taking advantage of the opening was Olivia Janney of Eastmont with just two minutes until the halftime whistle.
The Wildcats led the match 4-0 at intermission and Villagrana said she had a long talk with the Sunnyside players about marking their opponents.
Sadly for the Lady Grizzlies Eastmont didn't take but three minutes into the second stanza before the 'Cats scored another goal.
Lindsay Martin took the ball from the middle of the field, delivered a pass to Rachel Linderman and Linderman put it in the back of the net.
Villagrana said Sunnyside's second half keeper, Liz Escobar, was caught off guard by the shot.
"It seemed that Sunnyside's midfielders had control until we lost it," she said.
The Lady Grizzlies finally scored a goal of their own at the 51-minute mark.
That's when Sunnyside's Karla Osorio got the ball off one of Eastmont's plays while on the Wildcats' defensive end of the field.
She moved the ball to the 18-yard mark and dished it to teammate Susana Arreola, who reacted quickly to the opportunity and shot the ball past the crossbars.
"Sunnyside was awake and ready, and the girls weren't going to give up that easily," said Villagrana.
She said the Lady Grizzlies had been battling themselves, slipping on the field "...we just didn't have as good a night as one would hope for."
The momentum was short-lived and the Wildcats had one more goal to dish out. Goehner recorded a hat trick off an assist by Janney at the 55-minute mark.
"We had given off a bad pass into the center instead of out and they took advantage of that," said Villagrana.
She said the final 20 minutes went better for the Lady Grizzlies as the team started connecting and putting in finishing touches that kept the Wildcats on their feet.
The effort was too little, too late and Sunnyside was unable to secure another goal before the match ended with a final score of 6-1 in favor of Eastmont.
"It would have been a different game if the girls would have been in a better state of mind," Villagrana said.
Eastmont keeper Jade Sherrel recorded a total of five saves and Sunnyside had five direct shots on goal, while the Sunnyside keepers combined for eight saves and the Wildcats made 15 scoring attempts.
The Lady Grizzlies (1-3, 2-4-1) will tomorrow (Thursday) host 2A Wapato.