In a match closer than the final score would indicate, the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly soccer team fell 3-1 to visiting Eastmont last night in Big Nine League action.
Tuesday night’s match saw the Wildcats storm out to a 2-0 lead at the half.
“Both goals in the first half came down to lack of communication,” said Coach Sylvia Villagrana. “We just watched and assumed another player was going to get the ball.”
That hesitation may have resulted in no small part from the fact Sunnyside was missing key players due to ineligibility issues. The Lady Grizzlies had just three reserves available on the sidelines last night.
Considering just how shorthanded Sunnyside was, Villagrana was pleased with the performance of so many players having to play new or different positions. She noted Eastmont’s goals came in the final 10 minutes of the first half.
The coach also had plenty to smile about when it came to the second half, as the Lady Grizzlies went toe-to-toe with Eastmont. “We told them to stick to their girls, we tried not to give them (the Wildcats) as much space.”
Sunnyside got back in the game with a goal in the 57th minute on what Villagrana described as a well executed “give and go” play with Susana Arreola dishing to teammate Aylin Bautista for the score.
Late in the second half Eastmont added an insurance goal to secure the road win.
“It was a very tough loss,” says Villagrana. “We had a really nice game but it was difficult missing so many players.”
A testament to Sunnyside’s competitive nature last night was that the Lady Grizzlies attempted just one fewer shot on goal than the 16 notched by Eastmont.
“Hopefully we’ll have everyone back and dominate them next time,” the coach said of the Oct. 29 tilt at Eastmont.
Sunnyside (1-3, 4-3) travels to 2A Wapato tomorrow, Thursday, for a non-league match.