However, after dominating possession in the first half while playing with the wind, the Lancers did not see much of a drop off when playing against the wind and secured a 2-1 victory.
The Cougars appeared to at least be on the way to salvaging a draw, but with just over two minutes to play, Fernando Reza scored the game-winner.
Reza probably should not have ever gotten a shot off, but after receiving a pass from Joe Lesar in the box, three Cougars swarmed Reza. With some fancy footwork, Reza freed himself for a shot and went top shelf, making it 2-1.
“As a team we talked about playing tougher defense. We just didn’t do it,” SSHS boys soccer coach Rob Moreland said. “We don’t seem to play well when other teams push us around. I guess that’s what happens when you have a young team.”
Spanish Springs’ offense never really got going. Other than a shot off the post, the Cougars’ scoring opportunities were few and far between.
The visitors did knot the game at 1-1, but needed the help of a penalty kick. Irvin Somera was shoved from behind in the box and awarded a PK. McQueen’s keeper guessed right but Somera went left and tied the game at 1-1.
“We don’t have any offense,” Moreland said. “We have a freshman up there and a sophomore sometimes helps out. Then I’ve got older guys who want to play up front to do something and I tell them to stop the other team from scoring goals and they can’t do that.”
Four minutes earlier, in the 60th minute, the Lancers broke a scoreless tie on a goal by Lesar. A through ball found its way to Lesar on the run, and he flicked a shot over a diving goalkeeper, Kevin O’Kuinghttons.
Spanish Springs (1-7-1, 0-6 HDL) was looking to build on the momentum from earning its first victory on the year Thursday, but instead fell farther behind in the HDL standings. McQueen improved to 2-2-2 in league play.
The Cougars return to the pitch Wednesday when they host Reno at 5:30 p.m.
The wind wreaked havoc on the girls match earlier in the day, but the Cougars were able to sneak past the host Lancers with a 1-0 victory.
“The elements always even out play,” SSHS girls soccer coach Mike Faker said. “That was tough. The wind definitely had an effect on the game. That’s a strong wind right there. It was hard to get anything across the middle.”
In the 37th minute, Shaylor Francom added to her team lead in goals by finding the back of the net thanks to an assist by Morgan Allen.
Although Spanish Springs keeper Erica Lorenz only recorded three saves for her seventh shutout of the season, she had the save of the day.
On a first-half free kick, Lorenz took a step back, jumped and punched the ball over the crossbar on what looked to be a sure goal.
“It’s nice to get a league win, but I thought we could have played better,” Faker said after his squad improved to 8-2-1 overall and 5-1 in league.
The girls also host the Huskies next week. Kickoff for Tuesday’s game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.