“We played well tonight,” Spanish Springs coach Rob Moreland said. “We kept our heads, played the ball, and didn’t get into it with the other team. We played some nice soccer. When that happens, you win 4-0.”
Little time was wasted as the Cougars pounced early, taking the lead five minutes into the match when Julio Soto put the first goal on the scoreboard. Rudy Espinosa chipped the ball in deep, then Soto did the rest of the work as he ran the ball down and chipped it past the Lancers’ goalkeeper to make it 1-0.
Spanish Springs was adding to its lead two minutes later as Irvin Somera jumped high above his defender and headed home a goal on a pass that was sent in on a perfect cross from Soto.
Six minutes later, the Cougars were right back on the scoreboard when Somera tallied another goal in the 13th minute. Somera stole the ball away from a Lancer defender and then dribbled his way to a breakaway, booting the ball beneath the diving McQueen goalie and into the bottom left corner of the net for the 3-0 advantage.
“We came together with combinations better,” Moreland said. “We scored those first goals off of combinations and the other team just couldn’t keep up. They couldn’t keep an eye on the guys that were running through, and that’s what we have been working on. Not just dribbling through, but finding somebody that is running through. We did that tonight and it worked. It’s nice to have it work in a game.”
A late insurance goal was added by Soto for the Cougars in the 63rd minute, with the assist going to Gaige Grovatt, resulting in the 4-0 final.
McQueen had little offensive opportunities in the match, spending most of the game in its own half of the pitch. A chance came 27 minutes into the first half when a corner kick was headed high into the air and then fell between a number of players, but Spanish Springs was able to scramble to the ball first and clear it out. Other than that, opportunities were rare for the Lancers.
Spanish Springs (8-2-2) will look to keep a hold on second place when it hosts Carson, which is in first-place in the Sierra League, Friday at 5:30 p.m.