SUNNYSIDE The Sunnyside High School boys soccer team may not have won the district title, but they are competing for a state berth after winning Tuesday’s match, 2-1, against Davis and Friday’s game against Moses Lake, 4-1.
The team is co-champion in the Big 9 and plays against Eisenhower on Friday at 7 p.m. to earn the second state seeding.
Gonzalo Frausto was responsible for both Sunnyside’s goals Tuesday.
He collected the first in the 12th minute of the match. Francisco Lagunas booted the ball high into the air and Frausto delivered it into the back of the net off a header.
In the 38th minute, he went one-on-one against Davis keeper Cuauhtomoc Mungia and beat Mungia in the box for the second goal.
The first half ended 2-0 for the Grizzlies.
The teams battled through most of the second half before the Pirates finally got the ball between the crossbars.
“Things became intense,” Sunnyside coach Dave Guevara said of the moments leading up to the goal.
There were two red cards against the Pirates. The second was given against Munguia when he came out from between the crossbars to clear the ball from the box. The referee considered his actions a dangerous play against Christian Martinez of the Grizzlies.
That spurred a play by Alejandro Luna, who drove the ball toward Sunnyside’s goal. He hit pay dirt with 2 minutes in regulation.
The effort wasn’t enough to win the match, however.
Sunnyside had 10 shots on goal, while Davis had 5.
“Enrique Palma did a great job with a couple of key saves on what we thought to be certain goals,” Guevara said.
Palma tallied a total of 5 saves.
Guevara didn’t want to draw attention to the melee that took place as a result of the two red cards.
“I just want to talk about soccer,” he said. “What happened after took away from the game.”
Against Moses Lake, Frausto scored two goals in the first half. Isidro Diddens-Maldonado scored one in the first half.
In the second half, Moses Lake got on the scoreboard, but Cristian Vasquez scored the final goal for Sunnyside.
The Grizzlies had 15 shots on goal, while the Chiefs had 8.
Palma recorded 7 saves and the Moses Lake keeper had 11.