Finding itself trailing for one of the few times this season, the Sunnyside boys soccer team rebounded for a 3-1 CBBN victory over visiting Davis last Saturday.
The Pirates got on the scoreboard in the 29th minute when Sunnyside keeper Manuel Calvillo knocked away a Davis shot attempt, only for Cristian Castro to gather in the carom and knock it in the back of the Grizzly net.
Christian Chavez knotted the score for Sunnyside in the 35th minute, scoring on a penalty kick.
With the score still tied at 1-1 at the half, Sunnyside regroup for the final 40 minutes.
“Davis came out aggressive in the first half to put its stamp on the game,” Sunnyside Coach David Guevara said, noting the Pirates committed 28 fouls. “We came out in the second half and got back to the fundamentals.”
What proved to be the game-winning goal came in the 62nd minute, when Sunnyside’s Alexander Marin gathered in a pass from Jesus Marquez and scored. In the 80th minute, the same two players connected again for an insurance goal to put the Grizzlies up 3-1.
In a season that has seen the Grizzlies routinely win by four and five goals, Guevara said it was a good experience for his team to have to rally and battle to the end.
“It was a confidence building game,” said Guevara, who shares coaching duties with Sergio Licona. “Davis is a legitimate contender. It’s good to play against a high quality team.”
Calvillo recorded two saves to help keep Davis at bay. The Grizzlies pounded 14 shots on goal.
Sunnyside puts its undefeated season (10-0) on the line tomorrow at home against Moses Lake, which is undefeated in CBBN play.
“It’s a battle for first place,” said Guevara. “We’re hoping to take care of business on Tuesday night.”