KENNEWICK, Wash. - Three weeks ago, the Southridge Suns felt they got a raw deal. By the end of Monday night's 1-0 win over Kamiakin, the Suns had no complaints, and the Braves saw a regular season title fall by the wayside.
Monday's game at Lampson Stadium was a rematch of a game originally won by Kamiakin, with a score of 2-1. When the Braves scored their second goal of that game, Suns' coach Greg Sambrano protested that it was scored well after the ref's whistle had blown. The game continuem but eventually the protest was succesful, setting up last night's rematch.
The rematch began with two minutes left in the first half and Southridge leading 1-0. The Braves had the ball in Southridge territory for most of the contest, with the Suns seemingly more concerned on protecting their 1-0 lead.
The strategy seemed to work. The Braves had numerous scoring chances, but the Suns defense prevented any decent looks. Kamiakin was unable to onvert the few chances they had. As time wound down, the Suns players stormed the field to celebrate a 1-0 win, marking the end of a controversial few weeks.
The wins gives the Suns a home playoff match, and means West valley, not Kamiakin, wins the CBL 3A title. Preventing their rivals from winning the league crown was motivation for the Suns leading up to the game.