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Cougars, Raiders rack up easy wins
by Tribune Staff
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Makala Long (in white) tries to corral a loose ball while the McQueen goalkeeper tries to do the same with a Lancers defender in pursuit.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Makala Long (in white) tries to corral a loose ball while the McQueen goalkeeper tries to do the same with a Lancers defender in pursuit.
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It's been a fun first six games for the Spanish Springs girls soccer team. That's because the Cougars have won them all. The latest win came Tuesday night at home when the SSHS crew buried McQueen, 5-1, in a High Desert League affair.

Spanish Springs wasted no time finding an offensive rhythm. Makala Long scored five minutes after the opening kick for the Cougars. It was an unassisted goal. Three minutes later, Audrey Barham took an assist from Kylie Diesner and scored for a 2-0 Spanish Springs advantage just eight minutes into the conference clash.

McQueen tallied a goal later in the first half and the scoreboard read 2-1 at the break.

The one-goal margin was as good as it got for the visiting Lancers. Spanish Springs tacked on three more goals in the second half and was never threatened.

Long posted her second goal of the match at the 55-minute mark, again an unassisted score. In the 70th minute, Briana Prary scored an unassisted goal and then Hannah Poynter concluded the scoring on the night when she found the back of the net for a goal in the 80th minute. Leila Espina gave away the assist on Poynter's tally.

Addy Pennington recorded seven saves in goal for Spanish Springs, which got off nine shots in the match and scored on more than half of them.

"There was some good and some bad today," Spanish Springs coach Mike Faker said. "When we play our game and our tempo, we're pretty good. We put two goals in quickly and then we fell off. We got a little sloppy for a while. Then, after halftime, we got back to what we do well, which is passing the ball."

While Spanish Springs has some solid wins and is perfect thus far on the young season, it still has not played the traditional North powers yet. That changes Thursday when the Cougars travel to Douglas to play the perennial power Tigers in Minden.

"People ask me how good we're going to be this year and I've been very cautious," Faker said. "I really don't know. Thursday we're playing Douglas and we'll find out. This is the game I've been waiting for. I think the girls are very anxious to play Douglas and excited to see if we can hang there."

At Reed, the Raiders had little trouble dispatching North Valleys en route to a 4-0 league victory.

The Raiders scored even faster than their rivals at Spanish Springs Tuesday. Reed took the opening kick and scored in the first minute of play. Aubrie Ciesynski used a Danielle Uptain assist to handle the scoring honors on the quick goal.

The host Raiders put together another scoring run in the 13th minute. Kendra Bujnovsky scored this time for the RHS gang while Ciesynski tallied the assist.

The 2-0 score remained into the halftime break, but Reed found its scoring touch again after the intermission. Kenady Whitehead scored Reed's third goal. It came in the 46th minute after another Ciesynski assist.

Uptain put the finishing touches on the match scoring. She scored at the 54-minute mark when Vanessa Martinez recorded an assist.

"We were being pretty unselfish tonight," Reed coach Jason Saville said. "We didn't have to score anymore. I like the fact that we were trying to play for each other. It was a passing clinic out there tonight."

The Reed defense was sterling in the triumph, holding North Valleys without a shot on goal.

Reed, which is back on the pitch Friday at Bishop Manogue, improved to 4-1-1 with Tuesday's win.

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