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Raiders, Cougars battle to draw
by Dan Eckles
Oct 04, 2011 | 1396 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs’ Megan Evans (#12 in purple) tries to hold off Reed’s Kennady Whitehead Tuesday night.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs’ Megan Evans (#12 in purple) tries to hold off Reed’s Kennady Whitehead Tuesday night.
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If a tie doesn’t lead you to believe the Reed and Spanish Springs girls soccer teams are pretty evenly matched, how about two? The Raiders and Cougars played to their second tie of the fall season Tuesday night, finishing in a 1-1 deadlock at RHS.

“Because we’ve tied some games we should not have, a tie for them tonight was as good as a win,” Reed coach Jason Saville said. “We needed to win some of these games. We’re not trying to finish fourth. We’re trying to win the league.”

Spanish Springs (4-4-2) got the first goal of the match. Caitlin Moreland handled those scoring honors with her goal in the 31st minute. Megan Evans gave away the assist.

“The tie is frustrating, especially after some of the opportunities we had in the first half,” Spanish Springs coach Mike Faker said. “We had chances and would get a bad bounce or it would bounce off somebody, just something like that. Those came back to bite us.

“Still, we did play pretty well. We have some stuff to work on, but the girls played pretty well.”

The Cougars’ 1-0 lead stayed intact through much of the match. It even looked as though the visitors might get away with a win, but Reed was not about to let that happen.

Reed (3-3-4) scored in the 67th minute of the match and pulled into the tie at a goal apiece. Raiders all-league candidate Kennady Whitehead took a direct kick and fired a shot off the near post that ricocheted into the goal for the tying score.

“We got down early after kind of a shady goal and it didn’t feel like it was going to come back to us tonight,” Saville said. “The mental attitude of this team has seemed to have turned the corner, but the games don’t stop. If we can hold up like we did tonight, then we should be maturing a little bit.”

The cross town rivals wrapped up their season series with the second tie, but both are in action again Saturday. Reed goes to Galena for an 11 a.m. match while Spanish Springs travels to Douglas, with first kick also slated for 11 a.m.

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