Wednesday, March 29, 2006/lk
PROSSER - Suffering its second loss in three days, the Sunnyside High School soccer team fell to Prosser, 4-2, Tuesday.
The Grizzlies scored first when Silvano Ramos, who returned to the team after recovering from Chicken Pox, took a pass from Daniel Valencia. The 1-0 Grizzly lead would last the rest of the first half.
"Our team looked great the entire first half," Sunnyside Coach Juan Pineda said. "We scored the first goal and invaded Prosser's side the entire first half, creating many opportunities."
Pineda said a corner kick that scored was ruled out-of-bounds and a penalty kick that should have been given to Sunnyside, wasn't.
Prosser started scoring early in the second half. A Prosser player headed the ball in the net during the fifth minute of play to tie the score at one.
Prosser's Anthony Cervantes headed in another goal in the 14th minute to give Prosser a 2-1 lead.
The Mustangs made it 3-1 on another header, this time by Luis Mendoza that just made it past Sunnyside keeper Sam Wise.
A one-on-one situation between a Prosser player and Sunnyside keeper Joaquin Perez resulted in Prosser taking a 4-1 lead when the ball was kicked over Perez's head and into the net.
Near the game's end, Miguel Galvan blasted a shot off a pass from Daniel Valencia to give Sunnyside its second goal of the game and cut the score to 4-2.
Pineda said Prosser's first goal gave life to the Prosser team.
"At this point," he said, "we still had control of the game."
He said then Prosser made another run which they executed well and that blow made his team collapse.
"After playing so well in the first half our team stayed shocked as they tried to figure out why the defenders weren't marking and the keeper stayed planted on the goal line," he said.
Sunnyside had three more shot on goal then Prosser, 9-6.
"I like how the team played strong the final minutes but we should have never waited until the last minutes to give it our all," Pineda said. "We are a mature team and I have confidence we will bounce back.
The Grizzlies (1-2, 3-2) host Connell this Thursday, at 6 p.m.