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Girls Soccer Roundup: Cougars, Raiders earn shutouts; Railroaders shut out
by Tribune Staff
Sep 17, 2013 | 1736 views | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs junior Jessey Van Lueven (in white) works to hold off a Manogue pursuer during first-half action of the SSHS club's 2-0 home win Tuesday.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs junior Jessey Van Lueven (in white) works to hold off a Manogue pursuer during first-half action of the SSHS club's 2-0 home win Tuesday.
The Spanish Springs girls soccer team continues to roll through its early season schedule. The SSHS gang posted a 2-0 win at home over Bishop Manogue in a Div. I North crossover league game Tuesday evening.

The Cougars stayed unbeaten through the first two weeks of their fall campaign, improving to 4-0 overall. All four wins have come in conference clashes.

"We've had two pretty good wins and we feel good about those," Spanish Springs coach Mike Faker said, alluding to key league wins over Reno and Manogue. "We're looking forward to this next stretch on our schedule. We're feeling pretty good so far.

"We do have some young kids and some kids we've moved into different positions so we're still trying to shape our middle. And after today, we need to work on finishing. We missed a bunch of open nets and easy shots. We've still got work to do."

In Tuesday's win over Manogue, Spanish Springs broke the scoreless tie with a Sam Ryckebosch goal in the 27th minute.

The 1-0 margin nearly stayed intact until the final whistle, but the host Cougars tacked on a goal with four minutes remaining in the contest. Breanna Prary handled the scoring honors on the second goal.

Both SSHS scores were unassisted.

"This win was good," Faker said. "We started off slow. Manogue beat on us for the first 15 minutes as we tried to sort things out. Then we figured it out and the tide went our way pretty much the rest of the match.

"Early on, we were bypassing the middle of the field and we weren't connecting passes. We just chased them around for a while."

Spanish Springs got off 13 shots en route to victory and Cougars goalkeeper Adriana Pennington racked up eight saves in helping her squad capture the shutout.

Spanish Springs returns to the pitch Saturday for an 11 a.m. league match at Hug.

•At Reed, the Raiders handed their guests from Wooster a 2-0 loss. The RHS girls improved to 3-1 with Tuesday's triumph.

Kenady Whitehead gave Reed a 1-0 advantage when she found the back of the net in the 24th minute. Following a corner kick, Whitehead corralled a loose ball in the Wooster defensive box and buried it in the goal.

It took Reed a while to add an insurance score but it finally did. Stephanie Kester extended the Reed edge to 2-0 with a goal in the 71st minute. Danielle Uptain provided the assist.

"Today was very eerily similar to Saturday's game," Reed coach Jason Saville said. "We had four breakaways tonight and certainly had opportunities in the first half to pad the lead, but we didn't capitalize. Still, as far as possession and keeping the ball, we did a good job."

Reed plays again Saturday in a High Desert League match at McQueen at 11 a.m.

•At Sparks, the host Railroaders were handed a 2-0 defeat by Div. I-A league foe Fernley Tuesday.

Fernley scored just two minutes into the match and added a second score at the 36-minute mark.

"We decided we'd defend against the wind and have it at our backs in the second, but that didn't work out so well," Sparks coach Jerry Miller said. "The girls played hard. I really did feel like we outplayed them, but we were forcing the ball straight up the field and trying to get a long one in. We don't have that kind of skill, even with the wind. We kind of got away from what we've been doing.

"We had 13 shots to their eight, but none of ours went in."

Sparks fell to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in league matches. The Railroaders host traditional state power Truckee Friday at 5 p.m.

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James IV
September 18, 2013
Sparks High really needs a new girls soccer coach. Miller has never had a successful program at Sparks. I believe he would work out better coaching AYSO.
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