"It's the same tone as last year," Spanish Springs coach Rob Moreland said about starting off the season with a loss. "We still made it to zone last year. It's a long season."
The teams were evenly matched in the first half, showing a scoreless 40 minutes.
"It should have been 3-0 at halftime us," Moreland said. "We had a lot of chances."
Reno (1-0) however, stepped it up the second half and came out with a bit more intensity and a nose for the goal.
"We were just getting tired I think," Moreland said. "We're a little short numbers but there's no excuse for not putting it away when you have chance."
Just three minutes into the second half, Reno's Erich Snider got in a shot on the right side of the goal to break the tie, 1-0.
"I think in the second half we came out more physical," Reno coach Santiago Esparza said.
Reno's Darius Mandegary scored the second goal for Reno. The Huskies put pressure on the Cougars' defense and Mandegary picked up a blocked shot that Spanish Springs couldn't clear, and sent it in from about 25 yards out.
Spanish Springs (0-2-1, 0-1 HDL) is back in action for its league home opener against Hug High School at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Spanish Springs started off the season with a 3-0 win over Reno on the girls side of things.
"We were kind of looking at that game as an important one," Spanish Springs coach Mike Faker said. "After the preseason tournament, I liked the way Reno looked, they looked good. I kind of saw them, in my opinion, as one of the stronger teams in the league."
The Cougars took a 2-0 lead after the first half. Spanish Springs' Gianna Wise scored in the third minute of play with an assist from Lindsey Pengelly for an early 1-0 lead.
In the 36th minute, Ellie Ryback scored, assisted by Shaylor Francom.
"The first half was a pretty good half," Faker said. "We definitely came out playing defense. We're trying to keep people from scoring on us."
The Cougars added another in the second half for the 3-0 win on a Morgan Allen goal, with Francom's second assist of the game.
"The first two were just good goals," Faker said. "It was nice to see that. It's nice to win a game where I don't think we played exceptionally well. Defensively and offensively were good but our possession wasn't. Didn't control the game the way we wanted to."
Faker said Reno had control of the ball more, but the Huskies only had one shot on goal.
"Our possession wasn't what I thought it should be," he said. "We're trying to be very indirect this year and we weren't able to possess the ball as well as I thought we should've against them."
The Cougars host Hug on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. to look for their second league win of the year.