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Fast start not enough for Grizzlies

MOSES LAKE - It had all the makings of a great victory for the 3A Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team, as it grabbed an early 2-0 lead at 4A Moses Lake yesterday.

It all came undone in the final 20 minutes, though, as Sunnyside fell to the Chiefs 3-2 Tuesday night.

The Grizzlies cracked the scoreboard first in the 19th minute when Oswaldo Lopez gathered in a pass from teammate Jacob Meza and headed it into the Moses Lake net.

In the 35th minute Sunnyside grabbed a 2-0 lead when Abrahan Garcia tallied a goal for the Grizzlies thanks to an assist from teammate Noe Meza.

It looked like the Grizzlies might take a 2-0 lead into the half, but a stumble and handball call against Sunnyside gave Moses Lake a free kick in the final minute of the opening half. The Chiefs made the most of the chance and scored on the try to make it 2-1 at the half.

The score remained in Sunnyside's favor until the 61st minute of play.

"Our defense fell apart and their forward outran us," Sunnyside Coach David Guevara said of the play that netted Moses Lake an equalizing score with less than 20 minutes to play.

The score remained knotted 2-2 through the end of regulation to set up overtime. In the extra session, the Chiefs struck gold on a crossing shot in the 84th minute to claim the win.

"It was a beautiful cross," Guevara said of the game-winner. "We didn't clear the ball and they made us pay."

Sunnyside certainly had its chances to win in regulation, as the Grizzlies pounded nine shots on goal. Davis recorded eight shots on goal.

"Nothing would fall for us," Guevara said of Sunnyside's missed opportunities. He also said playing on Moses Lake's artificial turf wore his squad down.

"It's a whole different physical demand on your body," Guevara said. "We have to learn to finish up strong."

The Grizzlies (2-3, 5-6) will try to do just that this coming Saturday, when they travel to play Wenatchee.

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