YAKIMA - The Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team played solid defense for 78 minutes last night, but scores in the very first and last minutes of play secured a 3-1 win for host Davis last night.
The Pirates struck right out of the gate in the first minute Tuesday night to take a 1-0 lead over the Grizzlies.
"They're a very talented team and surprised us early," Sunnyside Coach Dave Guevara said. "Davis played a great game."
The score remained 1-0 in favor of Davis the rest of the first half.
In the 41st minute of play, just moments into the second half, Sunnyside found an equalizer when Max Ramos drilled a shot into the back of the Pirate net.
Ramos usually plays the keeper position for Sunnyside, but with the Grizzlies shorthanded due to injury was moved up to the forward position. "He's one of those guys that will play wherever we need him," Guevara said.
It looked like the score might stay at 1-1 through the end of regulation before a couple of late miscues proved costly for Sunnyside.
The first was in the 65th minute - just 15 minutes before the final whistle - when the Grizzlies failed at clearing a ball from in front of their goal and scored an own goal to put Davis up 2-1.
The Pirates made sure of the final outcome in the last minute of play - the 80th - when one of their players was taken down in front of the Sunnyside goal. Davis made good on the ensuing penalty kick to grab the 3-1 victory.
While pleased at how his team clamped down defensively after giving up a first-minute goal, Guevara said his team was timid last night. "We were playing at a high level before spring break and this is a game we could have pulled out, but we just have to make sure we show up every game."
The two teams are neck-and-neck in the middle of the CBBN standings and that even-steven nature between the two squads was reflected in the fact both teams had exactly nine shots on goal.
Sunnyside keeper Jorge Villegas recorded three saves.
The Grizzlies (2-2, 5-5) return to action next Tuesday when they host Moses Lake.
"We need to execute on the little things," Guevara says of his team's focus over the next week of practice. "This is a tough league and we'll get better."