The Cougars jumped out to a 2-0 lead early against the Sierra League-leading Grizzlies (5-2-3) but failed to take advantage of a number of opportunities and allowed two second-half goals before settling with a tie.
Spanish Springs coach Rob Moreland said “it was one of the games you walk away and you feel like you lost.”
Moreland said the score should have been five or six to nothing going into the half.
“We had three or four one-on-ones and we didn’t convert, we let them hang around and didn’t put them away,” Moreland said. “We are our own worst enemy right now. We have to turn the knife and put these teams away.”
The Cougars outshot the Grizz 12-4.
Ricardo Camacho put the Cougars on the board first in the 18th minute after he drilled home a free kick. Jesus Gonzales added the second goal three minutes later.
Galena closed the gap to one in the 42nd minute, finishing off a free kick of its own. The Senators tied the game in the 58th minute when the Cougar defense was unable to clear the ball and sent it into the middle of the goal box for the Galena layup.
Moreland was upset with the result and his teams inability to finish off opportunities but realizes his still undefeated squad (9-0-2) has put itself in a beyond favorable playoff positioning.
“I would rather be in this position than in the other positions fighting for a spot,” Moreland said.
Wednesday marked the second consecutive game the Cougars were unable to make anything happen after halftime but Moreland is not concerned. Today brought “extenuating circumstances,” for the Cougars.
Most of the team was up at 2:30 a.m. for the taping of Good Morning America in the school’s gym for the Katy Perry contest. The Cougars have certainly played games this year on more rest as the majority of them slept on the bus ride to Galena.
“Our guys were tired,” Moreland said. “You could tell.”
Spanish Springs jumps back on the pitch Saturday at Reno.
“We have to learn our lesson,” Moreland said. “That is another team that you have to put away because given the opportunity they’ll stick around.”
The Raiders put together another stout performance Wednesday but once again were the victim of a stouter opponent.
Reed got off seven shots, to the Sierra-leading Caron Senator’s eight, but were unable to find the back of the net, falling 2-0. The Raiders are now 3-6-1 and fighting for their playoff lives in fifth place.
“We’ve been playing really good soccer as of late as a team but we’re in a league if you allow one opening, the quality of the teams in this league will take advantage and that’s what’s been happening as of late,” Reed coach Joel Martinez said.
Carson jumped out to a 1-0 in the third minute on shot from 18 yards out into the bottom far-post corner.
“It was one of those wicked knuckle balls,” Martinez said. “It was a laser.”
The Senators added the final tally of the match in the 35th minute on a corner kick which the Raiders were unable to clear allowing for a tap-in goal.
Reed plays at Hug Friday and Martinez realizes his team is starting to enter must-win territory.
“We just got to win every game,” Martinez said. “There are no excuses. We have to capitalize on open shots like they (opponents) have on chances. We still have six games left and from past experiences in this division, it goes down to the last game. That’s how tight the standing are at the end of the season.”