The Cougars jumped out to an early lead in what was an evenly matched first half. Spanish Springs got the gift score after an own goal by Manogue following a corner kick in the ninth minute.
Manogue knotted up the match at 1-1 in the 25th minute and the score stayed tied through the intermission.
Spanish Springs came out slow in the second half, managing just one shot on goal after the intermission. The visiting Miners used the slow start by the Cougars to their advantage, scoring two quick goals to take a 3-1 lead. Those two Manogue goals came off of a header from a corner kick in the 55th minute and an empty net goal in the 58th minute after some miscommunication by the Cougars.
The Miners added an insurance goal late on an own goal in the 77th minute.
“I thought we played pretty well,” Spanish Springs head coach Mike Faker said. “On the field it was a pretty even game. We just made too many big mistakes on the back end and allowed them to put four in on us. We didn’t communicate and a few people were not sure what to do. All of a sudden the ball is in the back of the net.”
- Carson 4, Reed 0 -
At Carson, an inexperienced Reed team came up on the short end of a one-sided score.
Carson, a perennial Northern 4A power, scored the only goal it would need six minutes into the crossover league match.
The score remained 1-0 into halftime, but the host Senators tacked on three second-half scores. Those goals came in the 46th, 66th and 67th minutes.
“Carson’s a really good team,” Reed coach Jason Saville said. “They are well coached. Their players have a commitment to the game that hopefully, we’ll find really soon. Their movement off the ball is exemplary. We made a couple mistakes here and there and those little mistakes led to their goals.
“We could have gotten out of here with the score being 1-0 or 2-1 if a few things go differently, but we made mistakes. It ends up being 4-0 and the score looks worse than it was.”
Reed is now 0-2 on the young season, but the losses have come against Douglas and Carson, two teams Saville feels are favorites to win the North. He’s pleased his young Raiders got the chance to play two top teams right out of the gate.
“This will hopefully give us room to grow and some confidence that we can fix mistakes and hang in games,” Saville said. “I wouldn’t want it any other way. If I could make up the schedule, I’d do it this way every year.”
Reed will face cross-town rival Spanish Springs at SSHS Friday at 3:30 p.m.