The Cougars fell 2-1 to Wooster, Saturday, in the North Region title game at Bishop Manogue. The Cougars (17-1-2) still advance to the upcoming state tournament despite the loss.
“Disappointment,” Spanish Springs coach Rob Moreland said of his feelings after the loss. “It was our first loss. I thought our guys battled to the end and that’s all you can ask. They (Wooster) had two nice goals and we only scored one.”
Victor Garcia put the Cougars on the board early, finding the back of the net in the fourth minute.
The lead lasted nine minutes before Wooster’s Jonathan Cuevas rocketed a shot from the sideline, 35 yards out, that snuck past the Cougs’ goalie, Omar Trujillo.
The game remained tied 1-1 at the half before Wooster’s Aldo Carpio scored what proved to be the game-winner in the 59th minute. A Colts’ corner kick was deflected out of the box directly to Carpio, who snuck his shot inside the far post.
The Cougars managed their lone goal in the fourth minute, but missed on a number of chances, particularly in the first half.
In the 18th minute, Gabby Vasquez sent a free kick from 40 yards out off the cross bar. Twelve minutes later, Chris Moreland took an intentional knee to the midsection from the Wooster goalie and the Cougars were awarded a penalty pick.
Like Vasquez, Jesus Gonzalez’s shot deflected off the crossbar.
In the 39th minute, Edwin Medina’s free kick from 30 yards out went less than a foot over the cross bar.
“That missed penalty kick, that could have helped us out,” Moreland said. “Luckily we get to play again Friday (state tournament) and redeem ourselves.”
The Cougars applied constant pressure in the second half but were unable to find the back of the net.
Coming off their first loss of the season, the Cougars will open the Nevada State Tournament, Friday, at Carson against Eldorado, the Sunrise League champions.
“We hadn’t lost yet. That was our first loss,” Moreland said. “So hopefully that puts a sour taste in their mouth and they don’t like it.”