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Slow start costly for Lady Grizzlies

WENATCHEE – It was a tale of two halves for the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly soccer team in a 2-0 loss last night at Wenatchee.

The host Panthers pounced on a defensive miscue by Sunnyside to boot the ball in the net and claim a 1-0 lead just three minutes into Tuesday night’s Big Nine contest.

“It had rained and the ground was slippery and we misread the shot,” said Sunnyside Coach Sylvia Villagrana.

Wenatchee got its insurance goal in the 23rd minute when it headed a corner kick into the back of the Lady Grizzly net.

To its credit, Sunnyside was able to hold Wenatchee scoreless over the final 57 minutes.

“I told them to mark their players tighter the rest of the way,” Villagrana said of the change in her team’s fortunes on defense. “In the second half there was more effort from the girls and they played much better. It was a tough, hard played game.”

Shutting down the Panthers over a span of nearly 60 minutes was no small task, as Wenatchee had all sorts of opportunities.

Wenatchee for the night had a whopping 21 shots on goal compared to six for Sunnyside.

That kept Sunnyside keeper Victoria Torres plenty busy as the junior recorded 10 saves last night.

The Lady Grizzlies had their chances to get on the scoreboard, but it was a case of missed opportunities.

“We could have had a couple of goals, but we were just off in our passing and shots,” Villagrana said.

Sunnyside (1-4, 5-4) retuns to action tomorrow, Thursday, at Moses Lake for another Big Nine tilt.

“We just have to keep on communicating on defense or they’ll tear us apart back there,” she said of putting a lid on the goal against future Big Nine opponents. “We’ve just got to keep playing that tough defense.”

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