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Cougars girls soccer earns tie; spikers go distance in loss
by Kayla Dubchansky
Sep 08, 2009 | 656 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Spanish Springs girls soccer team scored a goal with just under three minutes left in play to tie the Galena Grizzlies in the last non-league match in prep girls soccer action.

Spanish Springs trailed for most of the game, when Galena scored in the 17th minute of action. Sarah Lancaster got a breakaway goal and put it in as the Cougars goalkeeper Erica Lorenz came out to challenge, putting Galena up 1-0.

"Galena's a good team," Spanish Springs coach Mike Faker said. "In my opinion, out of all the soccer I've seen at the preseason tournament, I thought they were the best team that I've seen yet this year. They've got a bunch of seniors, like 13 or 12."

With the experienced team visiting the Cougars, Faker said their game plan, which was executed efficiently in the first half, was to play very defensively.

The score remained the same through halftime and things looked down for Spanish Springs. Laura Voss, who was solid on defense in the first half and moved up to the offensive end for Spanish Springs in the second half, got some energy going for the home team.

With a pack in the middle, Voss was able to send off a shot with about two-and-a-half minutes left in regulation to tie the game at one each.

"When you get down 1-0, you've got to try to tie it up," Faker said. "So we made some changes in our personnel and got a goal with the people that we changed."

One thing that the Cougars were lacking on the field Tuesday was intensity.

"I wasn't too happy about that," Faker said. "That's one thing that I wasn't super excited about. I didn't like that they (Galena) were first to every loose ball or every goal kick or every kick off."

Faker said part of the uneven intensity was due to the inexperience of his young squad.

"The team is still trying to figure out who is going to lead," he said.

Spanish Springs takes on Reno, at Reno High School on Saturday in its first league game.

"I think in our division, from what I've seen so far, I think they're the strongest," Faker said. "It kind off sucks having to come out and play them right away. I'd rather warm up with some other teams.

"I'm kind of excited, we played well here so that bodes well for Saturday."

Volleyball

The Spanish Springs Cougars hosted Galena in volleyball, and lost to the visitors in five games: 17-25, 26-24, 18-25, 25-12, 15-11.

Spanish Springs took the first, with a 25-17 win. Galena evened things up with a 26-24 win in Game 2.

The Cougars got another victory, this time 25-18 in Game 3 but gave up the next two, losing 25-12 and 15-11.

"We did a lot of good things," Spanish Springs coach Frank Sandomenico said. "Other than Game 4 I was really happy with the way we played."

Sandomenico said the team had a poor start to Game 4 and was unable to recover from it.

"No one was passing real well, got off to a real bad start," he said.

The key to the two victories in Games 1 and 3 was superior passing.

"Our servers were really good," Sandomenico said. "We had a lot of aces, or when we didn't have aces our service was so good it was causing them to scramble."

Sophomore Callie Aberle and freshman Lindsey Anderson led the team with six and five aces respectively.

Melissa Munley led the team with six digs. Emily Meister had four blocks, while Morgan Prince added six kills and Julianna Waller had a team-high 11 kills.

Spanish Springs plays again today at Truckee.

"We just need to play more," Sandomenico said. "We're just a very young group that has very limited varsity experience."
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