"Douglas is a good team," Spanish Springs coach Mike Faker said. "They have some players up top that are pretty relentless and hard to stop. They gave us a little trouble most of the game. We had a hard time trying to figure them out ... For some of our players, they were a little too amped up for this right away. And it was hard for them to get going. Once we did get going, I thought we did well."
The Cougars (8-3-1) and Tigers (10-2-2) fought through 70 scoreless minutes before Douglas finally cashed in. Despite the scoreless deadlock much of the way, the Tigers had dominated the majority of the game, totaling 19 shots in the match.
"In the second half, they put some pressure on," Faker said. "I tried to change up my lineup a little bit to get more pressure off them up top and to relieve some pressure on the defense and that didn't work. So I kind of had to go back and change to what I was doing in the first half."
In the 70th minute, Kaitlyn Dry got a ball in transition, and used her speed to cut back and pull Cougars goalkeeper, Erica Lorenz, out to challenge. Dry shot it around Lorenz and found the net for the 1-0 final score.
"It was two good players going after it," Faker said on the score. "It wasn't something that we made a mistake on. It was just I think we overcommitted at one point when we could've stopped it early before they got going in our box."
The Cougars had minimal opportunities to score in the game with just four shots on the day.
"We're never a team that gets a ton of shots for some reason. We just don't," Faker said. "Especially in big games, we're definitely defensively minded. We're usually pretty efficient with our shots. If we take four or five, we're usually going to put one in."
Coming into the Halloween match, Spanish Springs was the third place club from the High Desert League. The Tigers were seeded second in the Sierra league.
"We were very aggressive, and they were too. We were OK with that," Faker said on the physical game. "The aggressiveness and going to balls and playing physical soccer, we had no problem with. I didn't see a problem with that. We stepped up and played well. That's how it always is in the playoffs."
Douglas will move on to a regional semifinal game set for Thursday at 5 p.m.