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Cougars dump Panthers in girls soccer
by Tribune Staff
Sep 06, 2012 | 2093 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The girls soccer teams from Spanish Springs and North Valleys battled to a tie through the first 15 minutes of play Tuesday, but it was all SSHS from there. Spanish Springs scored five unanswered goals to end the match and had no trouble posting a 6-1 victory over visiting North Valleys.

The match was originally scheduled for Friday, but it was moved up a day to accommodate a local officials shortage. That meant the Cougars, who usually play on Tuesdays and Saturdays, had just 48 hours between league matches.

"The short turnaround was kind of weird, considering they threw it on us last minute," Spanish Springs coach Mike Faker said.

Knotted at 1-1, the Cougars responded with goals in the 24th and 36th minutes. Audrey Barham scored the former with an assist from Alyssa Bertuleit and Laila Rae Espina scored the latter on another assist from Bertuleit.

The Cougars led 3-1 at halftime and blew the match open by tacking on a trio of second-half scores.

Kiley Diesner scored in the 49th and 55th minutes to account for the first two second-half scores. Barham gave away both assists.

Barham put the finishing touches on the scoring parade for the Cougars. She scored in the 65th minute after Sam Ryckebosch tallied the assist.

Spanish Springs got on the scoreboard first -- when Ryckebosch found the back of the net five minutes after the opening kick, thanks to a Diesner assist.

North Valleys pulled into the 1-1 tie with its lone score of the match, at the 15-minute mark.

"I didn't think our first half went really well," Faker said. "I didn't like the way we played. We took North Valleys for granted and they scored on us in the 15th minute. But we ended up good. We started to play better and made a pretty good showing.

"We had movement off the ball. In the first half, we kind of stood and watched a lot instead of moving, getting open and making runs. In the second half, we played a little more intense and got that better movement off the ball."

Spanish Springs (3-0-0) plays again Tuesday when it travels to Reno for a 3:30 p.m. match.

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