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Sunnyside stays alive with rally over Kennewick

Arreola’s hat trick keeps Lady Grizzly playoff run going

Sunnyside’s Jordan Rodriguez (R) maintains possession of the ball in Kennewick territory as teammate Emilee Maldonado hustles to help.

Sunnyside’s Jordan Rodriguez (R) maintains possession of the ball in Kennewick territory as teammate Emilee Maldonado hustles to help. Photo by John Fannin.

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Jessica Galvan (10) presses the action forward for the Lady Grizzlies as Kennewick’s Celeste Estrada gives chase.

Battling a nasty wind and a stubborn Kennewick squad, the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly soccer team hung tough in a tight 4-3 playoff win last Saturday.

The loser-out contest saw the visiting Lions strike first with a goal in the 15th minute.

Down, but far from out, Sunnyside answered with a goal in the 35th minute when Vianca Madrigal scored off a corner kick, launching the ball into the top left corner of the Kennewick net.

On her way to a clutch hat trick, Sunnyside’s Susana Arreola gave the Lady Grizzlies a 2-1 lead at the half with a successful penalty kick attempt in the 38th minute.

Arreola struck again just four minutes into the second half to put the Lady Grizzlies up 3-1.

But Kennewick, with a fierce wind now at its back, had other ideas. The Lions scored twice in the next 20 minutes to knot the score at 3-3.

In the waning moments of the playoff battle, just as overtime looked to be in the offing, Arreola came through once again.

Taking in a pass from Madrigal, the junior forward drilled the ball into the back of the net with just four minutes left to play in regulation to give the Lady Grizzlies a hard-fought 4-3 win.

“It was a beautiful shot,” said Sunnyside Coach Sylvia Villagrana.

Praising her team’s persistence in pulling off the come-from-behind victory, Villagrana says the Lady Grizzlies (6-10) will now have to focus yet again on another loser-out playoff contest tomorrow (Tuesday). That match will be on the road at Mt. Spokane, at 3 p.m.

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