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Grizzlies CBBN league champs

BOYS PREP SOCCER

MOSES LAKE - For a half it looked like Sunnyside might lose its third consecutive soccer match by a single goal.

That all changed in a span of 27 minutes as the Grizzly boys won 3-2 at Moses Lake last Friday to win the CBBN title.

The Chiefs were just a game back of Sunnyside in the league standings heading into last Friday’s regular season finale for both teams.

Moses Lake scored in the 34th minute and clung to a 1-0 lead at the half.

Grizzly Coach David Guevara said it took time for the team coached by him and Sergio Licona to warm-up after a long bus ride…and to adjust to physical, rough-and-tumble play.

“Moses Lake was out for us, they did not want us to connect with the ball,” said Guevara.

Sunnyside ramped up its intensity in the second half. “Rugby-style soccer eventually wears out against talent,” Guevara said.

Accordingly, Lupe Granados tied things up with a goal in the 42nd minute, then put the Grizzlies ahead for good with a score in the 58th minute on a penalty kick.

Alexander Marin gave Sunnyside a much-needed insurance goal in the 69th minute for a 3-1 advantage.

Moses Lake’s last gasp came in injury time, on a goal in the 83rd minute. It was too little, too late, as Sunnyside finished the season at 14-2 overall, 8-2 in CBBN play.

The Grizzlies host a loser-out first-round playoff match tomorrow, Tuesday, against University High School of Spokane. Guevara said game time is either 5 or 6 p.m.

If the Grizzlies win, they’ll move to double-elimination and host another playoff game this coming Thursday night.

In a bit of bad news from Friday’s victory, Sunnyside lost senior defender Oswaldo Valdez as he was ejected late in the Moses Lake game with a red card. Sunnyside played the final 20 minutes or so of that match down a man.

Moving forward for the next three games, if Sunnyside wins tomorrow, the Grizzlies will have to plug in a reserve in place of Valdez.

Guevara says his team is up for the challenge. “The kids dig in deep, with the youth we have on this team it’s a good experience for them to play playoff-style soccer.”

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