The match started slowly for both sides. But 10 minutes in, the Cougars began putting pressure on McQueen.
Spanish Springs was finally able to get on the scoreboard in the 22nd minute when Justice Corona put the ball into the back of an empty net on a cross from Megan Evans.
The Cougars kept the pressure on, quickly adding another tally by Dominique Glass in the 27th minute thanks to an assist from Aubrey Williams to make the score 2-0.
The remainder of the first half continued to be dominated by Spanish Springs, as it controlled the pace of the game and kept the ball deep in McQueen’s half of the field. Still, its lead stayed at two.
“It’s taken us a little bit this year to get our offense going and it started to show up a little bit today,” Spanish Springs coach Mike Faker said. “They’re starting to control the game a little better. I think they played pretty good. The first few minutes were tough, but then they dominated possession. We just need to keep passing the ball, continuing to kind of control the tempo.”
Spanish Springs wasted no time in the second half, keeping the pressure on the Lancers. Evans scored a beautiful redirected goal on a crossing pass from Kiley Diesner, giving the Cougars the commanding 3-0 lead four minutes into the second half.
“I think once we started passing the ball well we definitely stayed in their half of the field,“ Faker said. “We just need to shape up right, and once we shape up right and support each other, we’re good, and then the goals will come.”
Down three goals, McQueen picked up the tempo the remainder of the game, with 10 of its 16 shots coming in the final 20 minutes of the game. However, Cougars’ goalie Baylie Krutsinger was up to the task, stopping all shots on goal, with the lone Lancer goal coming on an own goal in the 64th minute.
“She did a good job,” Faker said. “She’s starting to get real aggressive and feel confident out there. I think the team is starting to have confidence in her too.”
Spanish Springs (2-1-1) will return to the pitch when it visits Galena Saturday at 11 a.m.