Sunnyside stays alive with rally over Kennewick

Arreola’s hat trick keeps Lady Grizzly playoff run going

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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