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Cougars, Raiders win league debuts
by Tribune Staff
Aug 31, 2011 | 1151 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sparks rivals Spanish Springs and Reed got their Northern 4A league seasons started off on the right foot. Both local schools captured victories in crossover league home matches.

At Spanish Springs, the Cougars got a late goal to pull out a 2-1 triumph over Wooster. The visiting Colts scored in the 69th minute to pull into a 1-1 deadlock. Just when it looked like the hosts would have to settle for a tie, Irvin Somera found the back of the net for an unassisted goal with two minutes remaining in the boys prep soccer match.

Spanish Springs and Woooster battled to a 0-0 score at halftime. The scoreless tie stayed intact until the 53rd minute. That’s when Somera tallied his first goal of the match. Alex Garcia gave away the assist on the first Cougars’ goal.

“It was a good result but I feel we have long way to go,” Spanish Springs coach Rob Moreland said. “We are still running away from each other. It’s a little bit like last year, but we’ll come around. We have the talent for sure. We just have to come together.

“The fact we scored late in the game, came back and got a goal is great. We pushed it. we were not going to tie. You could tell by our attitude. I told them that’s a championship attitude. That’s a start.”

Spanish Springs returns to the soccer pitch Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. for another Northern 4A League crossover game, at home against Manogue.

•At Reed, the Raiders bounced visiting Douglas, 2-0. The Tigers failed to mount much a threat against Reed’s fast-improving defense.

“Our defense played well. We didn’t give up any goals,” Reed coach Jeff Valentine said. “What was a weakness for us last year is becoming a strength. These guys take it personal back there. That’s good.”

Reed got all the offense it needed from Dylan Valentine. The Raiders forward cored in the 12th minute, thanks to a Tanner Paris assist and again in the 43rd minute. Christian Martinez racked up the assist on the second RHS score.

“We’re growing as a team,” Valentine said. “The kids have bought into the system. We are playing possession soccer and letting the game come to us.”

Reed plays at Carson Wednesday.
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