The Cougars cruised to a 5-0 home win on the strength of five different goal scorers.
Spanish Springs couldn’t have scored much quicker. In the first minute, Luis Chavez headed a ball into the back of the net for the initial 1-0 lead.
The Cougars were close to making it 2-0 in the 23rd minute. Julio Soto was in front of an empty goal after a rebound deflected to him, but his shot went high over the crossbar.
Soto made the most of his next opportunity. In the 26th minute, Irvin Somera kicked the ball ahead to Soto, who got off a contested shot and directed into the right side of the goal past a diving keeper.
With just over nine minutes left in the first half, Spanish Springs was awarded a direct kick from just outside the 18. Soto took a run at the ball but left it for Somera, who drilled a shot into the top left corner of the goal for the 3-0 lead. That’s how the score remained heading into the intermission.
The Cougars continued to dominate possession in the second half, but their shots were either going wide or being blocked by acrobatic saves.
That changed in the 47th minute when freshman Andy Asenon threaded a needle with a pass through traffic that found the foot of Marshall Andrew on the run. With only the keeper to beat, Andrew pulled him out of the goal and just touched the ball gently with his left foot, making sure his shot was on target.
The Purple and White put the icing on the cake with under seven minutes to play. Jonathan Garcia settled a high bouncing ball at the top of the box and hit the back of the net with his shot attempt to the right side for the final 5-0 margin.
The Miners had a couple good scoring chances in the second half, but Spanish Springs goalkeeper Omar Trujillo punched them away to protect his shutout.
“I was pleased because we started combining more and that’s what we try to work on no matter who we play,” SSHS boys soccer coach Rob Moreland said. “Those guys kind of laid down for us. I told them at halftime that we still need to combine. Don’t dribble because they’ll kick you and you don’t want to get hurt. We have a big game Friday against Reed. There was good communication, good touches. They helped each other out. I’m pleased with how they played.”
Spanish Springs (2-0) was ranked 14th in the first NSCAA/adidas rankings for Region VIII, which also included North Valleys at No. 11 in the poll. Jesuit out of Carmichael, Calif. was chosen as the top team in the rankings that included teams from California, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon and Idaho.
•In Carson, Reed had a chance to set up a big early-season meeting with cross-town rival Spanish Springs by staying undefeated, but it was not in the cards Wednesday night.
The Senators got all their goals within about a five-minute span of game action and erased an early deficit to take a 4-2 Northern 4A crossover league win.
Reed senior Dylan Valentine got the visitors on the board with a goal in the 12th minute.
But Carson answered with two quick goals in the first half and two more quick ones in the second half, grabbing a 4-1 lead.
In the 72nd minute, Valentine buried a penalty kick, cutting the deficit to 4-2.
“We talked about that with the kids. We needed a game like this,” Reed boys soccer coach Jeff Valentine said. “We needed to see what it takes to beat good teams. Carson is a very well coached team.”
Reed (2-1, 1-1 in Northern 4A) travels to Spanish Springs Friday night for a 5:30 p.m. kickoff.