Sunnyside shoots past GHS in season opener

Sunnyside’s Emilee Maldonado (12) keeps the ball away from Grandview midfielder Kimberly Campuzano during last Saturday’s season opener for both teams.

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Sunnyside’s Emilee Maldonado (12) keeps the ball away from Grandview midfielder Kimberly Campuzano during last Saturday’s season opener for both teams.


Quality counted for more than quantity as the shorthanded 4A Sunnyside Lady Grizzly soccer team battled to a 3-1 victory over visiting Grandview last Saturday.

In a match that saw both squads have numerous chances, it was Sunnyside that got the better of things with a number of close range attempts.

“Our forwards were a little quicker,” said Sunnyside Coach Sylvia Villagrana. “Our communication was very good.”

Sunnyside scored in the 13th minute on a Susana Arreola goal at close range.

In the 27th minute, the Lady Grizz struck again – again at point-blank range – when Aylin Bautista dished to Victoria Torres for a goal.

But Grandview got right back in the thick of things two minutes later when Biviana Rivera assisted Grace Meza on a goal.

The score stood at 2-1, until Sunnyside found some insurance in the 62nd minute on a Karina Perez goal.

The play featured a Grizzly shot attempt that deflected off the Grandview keeper, which Meza then booted into the back of the net.

“Usually we’d take shots and turn our back,” Villagrana said. “This year we’re trying to follow the ricochet.”

In the second half, Grandview Coach Anne Holden noted her team dominated possession with midfielders Lupe Ramos and Ana Karen Marquez setting the tempo.

“I was very impressed with our performance,” said Holden. “We created many meaningful on target chances, but were just not able to put them away!”

Villagrana noted that Sunnyside had 25 shots on goal and Grandview 22. Holden said the Lady Greyhounds outshot the hosts 12 to 7.

Either way, it was a lot of shooting…and a busy day for both keepers. Grandview freshman Anabel Pallares recorded four saves, said Holden, while Villagrana said Sunnyside keeper Vanessa Loera had 19 saves.

Sunnyside played the entire match with just one reserve due to a couple of players still waiting to be eligible. Villagrana said it was touch-and-go at times whether the Lady Grizzlies would be able to finish the match as a number of her players had to push through injuries.

The good news for Sunnyside is that it doesn’t return to the pitch until Tuesday, Sept. 16, at Davis.

“Hopefully by that time we are healed,” Villagrana said.

Grandview, which plays at Prosser this coming Tuesday, will have its home opener this coming Saturday against Ephrata. The JV match starts at 10 a.m., followed by the varsity at noon.

Speaking of the JV, the Lady Grizzlies held on for a 3-2 victory over their Grandview counterparts last Saturday.


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