YAKIMA - Host Eisenhower scored in the 10th minute and never looked back last Friday, as the Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team fell 2-0 to the Cadets.
"We had our chances, we couldn't execute when we needed to," said Coach Dave Guevara.
One of those chances came in just the sixth minute of play, when Grizzly Noe Meza found an open goal when he beat the Ike keeper but missed wide on the shot.
For the match, Sunnyside pounded 10 shots on goal to eight for Ike. Grizzly keeper Jorge Villegas knocked down six Cadet shot attempts.
The Cadets made good on their first chance for a score, heading in a crossing shot in the 10th minute to go up 1-0.
The score was unchanged through the rest of the first half, but just seven minutes into the second half Ike struck again on a shot from 30 yards out into the corner of Sunnyside's net.
Ike made the 2-0 lead hold up, despite a barrage of shot opportunities for the Grizzlies.
Sunnyside's last, best hope was on a misfired shot opportunity in the 75th minute.
The Grizzlies are still playing with six or seven JV athletes on the varsity level due to injury and other issues.
"They're playing well, but haven't been able to find the finishing touch," Guevara says. "We weren't planning on looking to the future this early, but they are playing extremely hard."
Sunnyside (2-6, 5-9) now has the luxury of wrapping up the regular season at home, with matches at Clem Senn Field set for tomorrow, Tuesday, against Davis and this coming Thursday against Moses Lake.
Guevara said the Grizzlies will actually get to host a third consecutive home game, as this coming Saturday Sunnyside hosts Southridge for a play-in game with a league playoff berth on the line.
"It's win or stay home," says Guevara.