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Cougars slip by Raiders
by Dan Eckles
Sep 24, 2008 | 1047 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs Luis Guzman tries to settle the soccer ball with a Reed player in pursuit during first-half action of the Cougars’ 1-0 road win at Reed Wednesday night.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs Luis Guzman tries to settle the soccer ball with a Reed player in pursuit during first-half action of the Cougars’ 1-0 road win at Reed Wednesday night.
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Neither Spanish Springs nor Reed could muster much offense in Wednesday night’s High Desert League boys prep soccer match. The difference was Spanish springs took advantage of its golden opportunity while Reed did not.

The result was a 1-0 road win for Spanish Springs that helped the Cougars improve to 3-2 in conference clashes and 4-3 overall.

“We’re just starting out,” said first-year Spanish Springs coach Rob Moreland. “This is a good rivalry. Reed’s a good team and this makes us better to play them.”

In the 30th minute, Reed had a chance to take a 1-0 lead but Grady McCann missed a penalty kick for the Raiders, preserving the scoreless tie.

“People are sick or ineligible every week. We’re always playing shorthanded and it’s frustrating,” Reed coach Rich Hollis said. “We have a talented team. We just haven’t seen it together yet.

“But Spanish Springs played tough. They were motivated to play. You have to give them credit.”

Spanish Springs cashed in on the Raiders’ missed opportunity. Seven minutes later, the Cougars tallied the lone goal of the match. SSHS senior forward Francisco Soto put a ball in the net thanks to an assist by freshman Ervin Somera.

That score came in the 37th minute and the teams went to halftime at the 1-0 margin. The cross-town rivals traded possessions in the final 40 minutes, but none of them came to fruition and Spanish Springs left Reed with a rare win over the Raiders.

“That was a big swing. They could have knocked us down, but he missed the PK,” Moreland said. “The whole game we played well. We didn’t get into it with them, like Reed has a tendancy to get you to do. We stayed focused. They lost it and we kept our cool.”

Cougars goalkeeper Eder Zamoza racked up six saves to help Spanish Springs capture the shutout.

Reed is the defending HDL champion and went undefeated in league play last fall and reached the Northern 4A semifinals. However, the RHS crew has put itself in a tough spot if it hopes to win a league crown again this fall. The Raiders fell to 1-3 in league and 1-4-1 overall with Wednesday’s heart-breaking loss.

Reed plays Reno at home Saturday at 11 a.m.

“This loss puts us in a hole. We have to stop the bleeding Saturday against Reno,” Hollis said.

Spanish Springs will meet McQueen Tuesday.

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