“We were pretty flat in the first half,” first-year Reed coach Jeff Valentine said. “I thought we did much better the second half.”
The Miners came out with a quick goal, Sean Corneil scored on a Steven Carlson dish in the third minute of play to give Manogue the early edge.
Valentine said during the halftime break the coaching staff talked to the team about hustle, and the team’s response helped it in the second half.
The 1-0 score held through halftime before Carlson scored on a deflection in the 62nd minute on a second chance shot from the left side of the goal.
“This is the first match of the season and it was a pleasure to have Reed,” Bishop Manogue coach Winston Helms said. “They’re a very strong team. What we try and do here is we’re just trying to move the ball around, try and get possession.
“I’m very pleased with our effort. I expected a very tight, close game. Some people might say that the score doesn’t indicate that, but it was a tight game. The score doesn’t really indicate how close these two teams are together.”
Unfortunately for the Raiders, they are already ailing from injuries.
“Our main thing is getting healthy before league starts,” Valentine said.
Reed will play Saturday against Fallon.
Spanish Springs 2, Wooster 2
The Cougars faced the Colts in the non-league draw.
Spanish Springs coach Rob Moreland said both teams had some great opportunities in the game but were unable to convert.
“Either team could've taken it but neither team capitalized on the opportunities that they had,” Spanish Springs coach Rob Moreland said. “It could've gone either way really.”
The teams were scoreless after the first half of play. Wooster took the initial lead in the second half, but SSHS bounced right back. Matt Munley scored with a 25-foot rocket of a shot to tie the game at one apiece.
Wooster turned around and regained the lead with 15 minutes to go. Spanish Springs' Garrett Mahone picked off a pass from the Wooster defense on a Colts' miscue and was able to poke in a shot to the empty net for the 2-2 tie with eight minutes left.
Moreland said that his offense could have taken more advantage of the Colts, but inexperience up top hindered that.
However, Moreland did see some good on the outing.
“I liked the fact that we didn't give up and we kept fighting no matter what. We kept fighting,” Moreland said.
Spanish Springs is back in action next Wednesday when it will host Galena at 5:30 p.m.