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Spanish Springs, Reed both pick up 1-0 road league wins
by Aaron Retherford
Sep 05, 2012 | 6507 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs midfielder Gabriel Vazquez Vazquez dribbles away from a Wooster pursuer during second-half action of the Cougars’ 1-0 win Wednesday.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs midfielder Gabriel Vazquez Vazquez dribbles away from a Wooster pursuer during second-half action of the Cougars’ 1-0 win Wednesday.
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Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good and Spanish was a little bit of both Wednesday afternoon in its boys soccer clash at Wooster.

The Cougars scored the only goal of game 10 minutes into the second half when a clear attempt deflected off Edwin Medina and shot into the Wooster goal. The Colts were hoping for a handball call, but got none and the hosts were saddled with a 1-0 defeat.

“I still think we’re a work in progress,” SSHS boys soccer coach Rob Moreland said. “We’re trying to figure out what combinations work well together. The kids are still trying to figure out what they’re doing out there with each other. We’re 2-0. I think that’s good. Wooster is a good team. They’re a quality bunch.”

With 30 minutes left to score an equalizer, Wooster tried to mount some pressure on the Cougars’ defense. The Colts peppered SSHS goalkeeper Omar Trujillo with distant shots — some on the mark but most were not. Trujillo recorded four saves in the shutout.

With eight minutes remaining in the crossover league contest, Wooster finally made Trujillo work, ripping a shot right at him from point-blank range. Still, he was up to the task.

In the closing minutes, Medina nearly put the game out of reach with an insurance marker. It appeared the junior forward had an open look at the far corner of the goal, but he was denied by a diving stop. None of his teammates could corral the loose ball for a rebound attempt.

Spanish Springs, which couldn’t push the ball as much as it wanted due to Wooster’s smaller field, was out of sync for some of the game and it showed on the scoreboard.

“It’s easier for Wooster. We were trying to spread them out and run them a little bit to wear them out. You can’t do that here because the ball just goes out of bounds,” Moreland said. “All in all, 2-0 isn’t anything to sneeze at. We’ll do it again on Friday against North Valleys.”

In the first half, both keepers were virtually unchallenged. With 14 minutes left in the half, a Wooster defender came up empty with a slide tackle and there was only the goalkeeper to beat. But the Cougars were denied by a kick save, and the teams went into the intermission in a 0-0 stalemate.

Spanish Springs (2-0) will host North Valleys at 7 p.m. Friday night.

Reed 1, Douglas 0

In Minden, the Raiders earned a hard-fought victory in enemy territory Wednesday afternoon.

Douglas was called for a handball in the box and Reed’s Alex McPartland drilled the ensuing penalty kick into the back of the net for the game’s only goal in the 51st minute.

“It was tough. The kids battled for the entire 90 minutes,” Reed boys soccer coach Joel Martinez said. “We came in with the mentality that we weren’t going to lose.”

Martinez said the defense played a great game in front of goalkeeper Josh Reyes. Reyes made eight saves in the shutout, including a one-on-one in the second half that could have tied the game.

Reed (1-0-1) won’t have a game this weekend due to a lack of available officials. The Raiders’ home game with Reno was moved to Monday at 7 p.m.
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