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Grizzlies advance with rout

Sunnyside’s Luis Licona (L) hustles after the ball as University’s Diego Morales gives chase. Licona scored the final Grizzly goal in last night’s 5-1 win.

Sunnyside’s Luis Licona (L) hustles after the ball as University’s Diego Morales gives chase. Licona scored the final Grizzly goal in last night’s 5-1 win. Photo by Laura Gjovaag.

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BOYS PREP SOCCER PLAYOFFS

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Joel Flores of Sunnyside (L) tries to get a foot on the ball in a tussle with University’s Daniel Franzese.

After three close matches to close out the regular season, the CBBN champion Sunnyside Grizzlies made quick work of visiting University last night in a loser-out soccer playoff tilt.

Sunnyside (15-2) tallied three goals in the first eight minutes on the way to a 5-1 victory Tuesday night.

Grizzly goals came fast and furious, with a scoring strike in the second minute by Noe Meza, assisted by Christian Chavez. In the fifth minute, Chavez made good on a penalty kick try and in the eighth Meza assisted Enrique De La Cruz on a goal to put Sunnyside up 3-1.

The Titans’ lone goal came in the 25th minute, but Sunnyside forward Manuel Calvillo answered just 10 minutes later to put the Grizzlies up 4-1 at the half.

Playing primarily reserves in the second half, Sunnyside tacked on an insurance goal in the 50th minute when Luis Licona bent a corner kick into the back of the University net.

David Guevara said he and co-coach Sergio Licona challenged the Grizzlies to come out with a fast start against road-weary University, which travelled from Spokane.

“The boys came out hungry, it was crucial to get out to a good start,” said Guevara.

Sunnyside now advances to the double-elimination Regional round and tomorrow, Thursday, hosts Kamiakin.

“They’ve defeated Kennewick, Hanford and Mt. Spokane, so they’re on a roll right now,” Guevara said of the Braves. “They’re well coached, a good quality team that plays good defense.”

Tomorrow’s playoff tilt at Clem Senn Field starts at 6 p.m.

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