Despite the game ending in a 0-0 draw, coaches and fans alike were on edge waiting to see if the Cougars would score after a game-long barrage of shots sprayed the Huskies' goal.
They did not and it left SSHS boys soccer coach Rob Moreland a little shocked after.
“Games are going to be like that because we’re getting close to Zone, but we didn’t put it in,” Moreland said. “The goalie made a great save there at the end. That’s our Achilles’ heel. We have to compose our self. I thought the guys played really well, knocked it around.”
Spanish Springs dominated possession nearly the entire game, but it still wasn’t enough to avenge a 3-0 loss at Reno High earlier this season, the Cougars’ first loss of the year.
This time around it was a different story. Moreland attributed the shift in dominance to a change in strategy. The Cougars went to a four-back defense after the loss to the Huskies and it has helped greatly. Plus, Moreland admits he left some reserve players in the game longer than he should have, but he was trying to figure out who fit where since it was only the fourth game of the fall campaign.
The Purple and Silver didn’t have those questions Wednesday. The main question was who would put one in the back of the net.
Less than five minutes into the second half, a quick restart allowed the Cougars to catch the Reno defense napping, but a shot went off the crossbar.
In the 67th minute, Reno keeper Nick Morales made a diving save.
Five minutes later, Spanish Springs senior Julio Soto received a long punt from goalkeeper Omar Trujillo. Soto beat his defender and then deked Morales out of position, but Soto pushed his shot wide of the far post.
With under five minutes on the clock, a perfectly placed corner kick found Marshall Andrew’s foot in front of the goal. Andrew kicked the ball out of midair, but his shot sailed over the crossbar.
Spanish Springs kept unloading shots in the final minutes, but they were either turned away by athletic Morales saves or they were off the mark.
“He’s quality. He’s probably one of the best goalkeepers this year as a senior,” Moreland said. “Omar is a junior. Nick’s good if he keeps his head. That’s his Achilles’ heel. If he keeps his head, he will go far in college. He saved them. That was a great save. It was going in.”
Spanish Springs (9-2-1) heads to Carson Saturday to face a team that lost to Reed earlier this week. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m.