Grizzlies fend off Eastmont to remain unbeaten


EAST WENATCHEE – Sunnyside’s leading scorer this season, Christian Chavez, provided a timely assist to help lead the Grizzly soccer team to a 1-0 victory at Eastmont last night.

Tuesday’s match was scoreless through the first half and, less than 20 minutes before the final whistle, Sunnyside finally broke through when Chavez lofted a pass to Luis Licona, who drilled it into the back of the Wildcat net.

“It was a great cross by Christian,” said Sunnyside Coach David Guevara.

“It was definitely a struggle for us,” said Guevara, who shares coaching duties with Sergio Licona. “Two Wenatchee trips in four days is a killer. We had about five or six great opportunities, but we were maybe a foot off on each one.”

It also didn’t help that Sunnyside was still short-handed due to injury. Manuel Calvillo, who had been serving as the team’s keeper this season, was moved to forward to fill-in for the injured Noe Meza. Sunnyside relied on Jorge Villegas for its keeper last night, and he came through with a shut-out.

Guevara said Villegas was scheduled to start the season in goal for Sunnyside, but an early injury sidelined him.

Sunnyside’s regular season home finale is this coming Friday against Eisenhower. The Grizzlies (13-0) have the inside track so far for a home playoff match.

“If we can take care of business, we’ll be sitting where we want to be come playoff time,” said Guevara.


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