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.
BOYS PREP SOCCER PLAYOFFS
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.