The game saw both teams start off slow, as neither generated many offensive chances throughout. After one half, the scoreboard still read zeroes for both teams.
After the intermission, Reno picked up the pace, but the Cougars remained sluggish and were caught flat-footed in the 62nd minute when the Huskies’ Ellie Small weaved through the Spanish Springs defense and put the ball past the goalkeeper for the lone goal of the game.
“We’re a pretty young defense and they’ve got a real good kid that dribbled through us and got a goal,” Spanish Springs coach Mike Faker said. “We were a little too spread out. They spread us out in the counter attack and they got a kid that can freaking dribble. That girl put it on her feet and took it by two of my players and scored.”
The Cougars attempted to even the score late in the game, but their efforts proved futile. With just over 13 minutes remaining, a headed ball from a corner kick almost equalized the match, but a Husky defender happened to be placed perfectly against the far goal post and kicked the ball out.
“We need a little intensity,” Faker said. “The intensity needs to come up. If not, then we’re not going to win any games. I don’t know what it was, but we just didn’t come out as intense as they did.”
Spanish Springs (3-3-1) will try to get back in the win column next week when it travels to Damonte Ranch Tuesday evening with a match set to start at 5:30 p.m.
- Boys Soccer -
Spanish Springs 2, Reno 2
In the evening match, the Spanish Springs boys soccer club battled back to a 2-2 draw with Reno.
Reno took the early lead, scoring in the 35th minute and taking the 1-0 lead into the intermission.
Spanish Springs quickly responded coming out of halftime, tying the game in the 52nd minute when Irvin Somera tallied for the Cougars.
The Cougars then took the advantage on a goal by Julio Soto in the 65th minute, but were unable to keep Reno off of the scoreboard for the remaining 15 minutes of the match as the Huskies tallied the tying and final goal of the game in the 72nd minute.
“It was a pretty good battle,” Spanish Springs coach Rob Moreland said. “I think this was good for them. They showed some heart. That’s what we have to keep doing.”
The Cougars (5-1-1) return to the pitch when they visit Damonte Ranch Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.