The Cougars had many missed opportunities in the game, but still walked away with the win and an impressive High Desert League record of 7-1. The SSHS crew improved to 10-2-1 overall.
“We had a lot of opportunities but they have a good keeper and she gets to a lot of stuff,” Spanish Springs coach Mike Faker said.
Spanish Springs looked to have scored in the first half on a shot from Ellie Rybak, passed off by Laura Voss. However, the goal was called back when Spanish Springs was flagged for offsides and the teams stayed knotted at 0-0 for the rest of the half.
“We started out a little slow,” Faker said. “It seems like we have a hard time getting up for games.”
Five minutes into the second half, Lindsey Pengelly got a long pass up the middle of the field to Rybak. Rybak took a touch to dodge around the keeper and put it in for the 1-0 Cougars lead.
In the 77th minute, Pengelly passed over to Rybak in front of the goal. Rybak managed a tip over to Voss, sealing the deal for the Cougars for the 2-0 win.
Spanish Springs boasts the best record in the league and hopes to keep it that way.
“We’ve got to keep getting points,” Faker said. “Our plan is to win our division.”
The Cougars still have a few games left on the schedule. They will face North Valleys on Tuesday before hosting Elko on Saturday. Elko is the only team that Spanish Springs has lost to this season in league play. The first time the two teams met, Elko won 3-1 in eastern Nevada.
After Elko, the Cougars still have Reed and McQueen left on the schedule before heading into the postseason.
•The boys game was high scoring and also full of opportunity for the local school. Unfortunately for Spanish Springs, the Cougars came out on the wrong side of a 5-4 score in a loss at Hug.
Hug took a 2-0 lead early over Spanish Springs before Irvin Somera got one in for the Cougars to cut the lead to 2-1.
Hug extended its lead and took a 4-1 edge into halftime.
Julio Soto scored back-to-back goals for the Cougars, to cut the lead to 4-3. Soto scored the second of the two on a second-chance corner kick in the 65th minute.
Hug scored in transition to put a lot of pressure on the Cougars with just 12 minutes left and up by two goals, 5-3.
A goal from Victor Byers pulled the Cougars within one again, 5-4 in stoppage time. Byers took a pass up the middle, broke through a tackle and put it in for Spanish Springs.
The Cougars (1-8-2, 0-7-1 HDL) are back in action Wednesday at North Valleys at 5:30 p.m.