North Valleys was unable to mount an offensive attack against the Spanish Springs defense and the result was a shutout victory for the guests.
Spanish Springs and North Valleys battled through 60-plus minutes of scoreless play Tuesday. But the Cougars broke the deadlock in the 63rd minute when Megan Evans found the back of the net on an assist from Karen Corral.
While three quarters of the match was played without a single score, it took Spanish Springs just 12 more minutes to add its second tally. Kylie Diesner posted the 75th minute goal for the Cougars while Evans gave away the assist.
“We started getting to some 50-50 balls in the second half,” Spanish Springs coach Mike Faker said. “In the first half we let it go to bounce and because of that North Valleys controlled tempo. In the second half, we fixed that. We also changed up our formations and experimented with some things. It seemed to work.
“The half-time speech was not a good one. We had to have that win if we want to win this division. It was good to walk away with three points from the win.”
Spanish Springs returns to the soccer pitch Friday afternoon for a 3:30 p.m. home match against Reno.
•At Reed, the host Raiders rallied from an early two-goal deficit to take a second-half lead but still had to settle for a 3-3 tie against McQueen.
McQueen looked well in control early as it scored two goals in the first 10 minutes of the match. The Lancers got goals in the second and ninth minutes to account for their early advantage.
“I wouldn’t say that we were not ready to play, but we did make some underclassmen mistakes,” Reed coach Jason Saville said. “We’ll learn from that but the two early goals were more about our youth and inexperience than not being ready to play.”
As the first half wore on, Reed began to settle in. The Raiders got on the scoreboard in the 30th minute on a Katelyn Raatz goal. Taylor Wiebke gave away the assist. Two minutes later, Reed knotted the score at 2-2 when Kennady Whitehead scored on a second Wiebke assist.
Reed took a 3-2 lead when Wiebke got a goal her self at the 69-minute mark. Raatz provided that goal.
Unfortunately for Reed, it could not close out the final 11 minutes of play. McQueen got an equalizer in the 71st minute to salvage the draw.
“We fought all the way back to go ahead and that felt phenomenal, and then our youth and inexperience came back to hurt us again,” Saville said. “They picked our pocket, got a free kick on a tough call and put the ball in the back of net. We were hanging on for dear life in the last 10 minutes to get a tie.
“A few mistakes hurt us. At the end of the day we probably few like we should’ve gotten a win, but after the last 10 minutes maybe McQueen left thinking it should’ve won too. So maybe a tie is the right result.”
Reed plays again Saturday in an HDL match at Hug that is set to kick off at 11 a.m.