The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday but postponed due to the torrential rains earlier in the week. The game change left Spanish Springs (11-2-1, 8-1-0 HDL) with a string of three crucial conference clashes in a six-day span.
Spanish Springs forward Laura Voss got the Cougars going in the right direction Thursday. She scored a pair of goals, two minutes apart in the first seven minutes of action.
Voss gave the Cougars a 1-0 edge with an unassisted goal five minutes into the match. Then, in the seventh minute, she helped the SSHS squad forge ahead 2-0 with a goal thanks to an assist from Kayla Schlittenhart.
“We had hoped to put this one away early with the three games in six days,” Spanish Springs coach Mike Faker said. “We were able to get started offensively early. Laura Voss made sure of that. Just to stay fresh, we needed to get a lead, rest the starters and get the kids who don’t play as much to play a lot of time.”
The visiting Cougars tacked on their third and final score at the 30-minute mark. Jamiee Holcomb handled the scoring honors. Sophomore Morgan Allen provided the assist.
Spanish Springs goalkeeper Erica Lorenz had four saves on the day. North Valleys got off only six shots against a stingy Cougars defense.
“This was a good win. It was nice,” Faker said. “We did exactly what we wanted to. We’ve had a hard time with teams at the bottom of our division. We seemed to need to score late against them to put them away. Not today.”
The lone Spanish Springs league loss this season came last month at Elko. The SSHS crew will get its turn to host the Indians Saturday in a 2 p.m. match. The winner will help its cause of capturing a league crown in a big way.
“We made too many mistakes against them in the first game. We came out flat, let them get behind us and gave up two bad goals,” Faker said. “We’ve got to clean that up and we’ve got slow down their #32. She’ll shoot from anywhere.”
Spanish Springs picked up its first HDL victory of the season Thursday thanks to a 3-0 triumph at North Valleys .
“I thought we defended really well,” Cougars coach Rob Moreland said. “Our communication was a lot better than it has been and our young guys up front are playing better.”
Irvin Somera broke the scoreless tie when he got the Cougars on the scoreboard with a penalty kick at the 54-minute mark.
Spanish Springs upped its lead to 2-0 on an unassisted goal in the 75th minute by Jose Martinez.
A minute later, Rudy Espinoza capped the scoring for the ninth-year school. He scored following an assist by Matt Munley.
Spanish Springs sits 2-8-2 overall and 1-7-1 in conference affairs.
“This is great,” Moreland said. “The neat thing is it keeps us alive for a playoff spot. If we keep winning you never know. We’ll push it to the limit.”
Spanish Springs is back in action Saturday when it goes to eastern Nevada for a 2 p.m. HDL contest at Elko.