MOSES LAKE – Host Moses Lake dominated the first half on the way to a convincing 5-0 win over the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly soccer team last night.
The defeat is Sunnyside’s second straight in which the team hasn’t scored.
The Chiefs did all of their damage in the first 40 minutes with goals in the ninth, 18th, 26th, 32nd and 38th minutes.
“In the first half we couldn’t connect,” Sunnyside Coach Sylvia Villagrana said of her team’s troubles on offense and defense in the first half.
Though they failed to score in the second half, the Lady Grizzlies were competitive over the final 40 minutes.
In the first half, for example, Sunnyside was outshot 10-to-1 but in the second the Lady Grizzlies actually held the upper hand on the stat line with a 6-to-5 advantage in shots on goal.
Villagrana said her team was shorthanded due to injury and for most of her players it was their first time playing on artificial turf. “It’s a fast surface and if you’re not ready for the ball it’s gone.”
A strategic change in the second half helped level the playing field for Sunnyside.
“They (the Chiefs) were kicking it to the outside, so we put more pressure on the ball. We marked tighter in the second half,” Villagrana said.
On offense, she says Sunnyside had its chances to remove the goose egg on the scoreboard.
“In the second half we had a couple of one-on-one opportunities but couldn’t capitalize,” Villagrana said.
Sunnyside keeper Vanessa Loera stopped 15 Moses Lake shot attempts before leaving due to an injury. Her replacement, Victoria Perez, chalked up another seven saves.
The Sunnyside girls soccer team (1-5, 5-5) has some time to heal its bumps and bruises as the Lady Grizzlies don’t return to action until next Tuesday in a home match against Davis.