Senior Shaylor Francom wasted no time getting the Cougars offense started. She scored an unassisted goal in the fourth minute. She tacked on another goal for the SSHS crew five minutes later thanks to an assist from teammate Gianna Wise.
“That’s one of the better Wooster teams I’ve seen,” Spanish Springs coach Mike Faker said. “When we started, we wanted to play very direct and that’s not the kind of soccer that’s going to help us be successful this year. It took us awhile to slow down and possess the ball.”
The 2-0 margin stayed intact into halftime. The Spanish Springs offense got going again shortly after the intermission. Laura Voss took advantage of a Lindsey Pengelly assist for a goal in the 44th minute.
In the 55th minute, Spanish Springs freshman Alyssa Beruleit added her own unassisted goal, extending the Cougars’ edge to 4-0.
Autym Helzer capped the scoring on the day. She posted the Cougars fifth goal at the 76-minute mark. Morgan Wise gave away the assist.
“We scored a couple goals with mostly our subs in the game late in the second half,” Faker said. “They played well. I knew that was going to be one of our strengths, our depth. Those kids played well. I was impressed.”
Spanish Springs goalkeeper Erica Lorenz saved the only two shots Wooster took on goal in the lopsided season opener for both squads.
Spanish Springs gets the next week off from game action before making its fall home debut Tuesday against perennial Northern 4A power Galena .
“We had a few things that need to be cleaned up,” Faker said. “In the first half, one thing I didn’t like was that we were retreating too quickly. There were a couple errors but we seemed to get them fixed. Against Galena, we’ll find out.”
Bishop Manogue 3,
Three first-half goals by host Bishop Manogue proved costly for three-time defending North state champion Reed Tuesday.
Bishop Manogue got a lucky break when a shot in the goal box deflected off a Reed defender just a minute into the game, breaking the early scoreless tie. Manogue forged ahead 2-0 after a corner kick sequence when Reed defenders failed to clear the Miners shot from the corner.
“Their first goal was a fluke,” Reed coach Jason Saville said. “We had it covered and it deflects off our back and goes in. Our defense was where it needed to be. They really didn’t get any clear looks on goal aside from a couple shots from outside … I was happy with the way the defense played except for the second goal. We have to clear that.”
Reed got on the scoreboard at the 28-minute mark when Jesse Eiting buried an arcing corner kick of her own into the net.
Unfortunately for Reed, the Bishop Manogue offense was able to tack on one more score before halftime. The Miners found the net, following what Saville termed a tough call, off a free kick from just outside the Raiders defensive box.
Reed thought it had pulled within 3-2 with a goal in the 55th minute, but officials waived off the score, keeping the margin at 3-1.
The RHS squad did add a goal in the 69th minute when Alissa Marshall scored on a penalty kick after teammate Jordan Sambrano was taken down in the box.
“I felt we earned that second goal that got disallowed, but then we got the ‘PK.’ Still, we had four or five other opportunities we should’ve buried or at least been more intense,” Saville said. “At the end of day, I felt like this at least should have been a tie, but we’re probably a little heartbroken not to get a win. But that is soccer. Sometimes you get a break and sometimes you don’t.”
The Raiders will play Carson Tuesday at home at 7 p.m.