“It was nice,” Spanish Springs coach Mike Faker said. "We've kind of always had an issue with (struggling) teams like Hug. We play it 0-0 for a long period of time. Today, the starting group obviously ended the game very quickly and our back-up players played really well."
Spanish Springs did not wait long to light the scoreboard. Alyssa Bertuleit gave Spanish Springs a 1-0 lead when she found the back of the net on a shot five minutes into the match.
Fleet-footed Cougars forward Laura Voss made it 2-0 in the 12th minute thanks to a Bertuleit assist. In the 17th minute, Lindsey Pengelly scored for Spanish Springs after a Megan Evans assist.
Evans then proceeded to score back-to-back unassisted goals just a minute apart, in the 26th and 27th minutes, for a 5-0 SSHS advantage.
At the 29-minute mark Kylie Diesner scored for Spanish Springs when she got an assist from Sydney Byers.
That's when Spanish Springs called off its attack. Faker played a large contingent of reserves and let his team play a man down the rest of the way.
Spanish Springs still got four goal from its reserves in the final 50 minutes of play. Andrea Jimenez put up the last Cougars’ goal of the first half, scoring in the 36th minute with an assist from Jade Wright, making the score 7-0 at intermission.
Wright gave away two more assists shortly after halftime, when the Cougars scored on goals by Morgan Wise and Byers in the 45th and 55th minutes respectively.
Emily Gonzalez managed the final Spanish Springs goal of the night when she scored in the 73rd minute. Jimenez tallied that assist.
“We played with only 10 from the 30th minute on,” Faker said. “We played short and put a lot of back-ups in. We let them go at it. They played short and it was kind of nice to see. We wanted to put some pressure on the back-up kids and thought that was a good way to do it."
Spanish Springs finishes its regular season 8-4-4 and has locked up the High Desert League's No. 2 playoff seed. The Cougars will open Northern 4A tournament play next Tuesday with a first-round home playoff game.
- Reed 4, North Valleys 2 -
•Like their cross-town rivals from Spanish Springs, Reed also wrapped up its regular season campaign with a victory. However, the Raiders had to work a little harder for their triumph.
The teams played through a tight first half. Reed managed the lone score of the first half, a ninth minute goal from Jesse Eiting following a Taylor Ryckebosch assist.
The visiting Raiders saw their offense wake up a bit after the break. Kennady Whitehead made it 2-0 Raiders when she scored two minutes after the intermission thanks to an assist from Eiting.
Still, North Valleys did not go away. The host Panthers tried to stay in contention. They got a goal in the 45th minute to keep it close and trail just 4-2.
Reed responded with a goal by Katelyn Raatz at the 53-minute mark. Ryckebosch tallied her second assist on the score, forging the Raiders ahead 3-1.
Again, North Valleys had an answer. The Panthers scored on a penalty kick, trimming Reed's lead to 3-2.
That's as good as it got for North Valleys. The Panthers did not score again while Reed tacked on an insurance goal. Taylor Wiebke handled the final scoring honors for Reed with a 71st minute goal via an Eiting assist.
“I thought when our starters were in the game, and when our heads were in the game, we completely dominated the game,” Reed coach Jason Saville said. “We finally started moving the ball and creating chances. But we were only up 1-0 at halftime. When you're only up by one, that makes it tough on you. Anything can happen.”
Reed sits 6-6-4 at the close of its regular season. The Raiders, who are the HDL's No. 3 seed, hit the road for a first-round regional playoff game next Tuesday.
“We did have good energy tonight, about 90 percent of the time,” Saville said. “But that's got to be at 100 percent now that we're going into do-or-die time.”