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Cougars, Raiders draw
by Dan Eckles
Oct 05, 2010 | 1039 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed’s Katelyn Raatz (in blue) and Spanish Springs Bianca Hansen (in white) fight for position and possession of a loose ball during first-half action of Tuesday’s HDL match at SSHS.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed’s Katelyn Raatz (in blue) and Spanish Springs Bianca Hansen (in white) fight for position and possession of a loose ball during first-half action of Tuesday’s HDL match at SSHS.
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The Spanish Springs and Reed girls soccer teams finished their High Desert League match in a 1-1 deadlock Tuesday night and nobody seemed all that happy about it.

“I thought we dominated possession most of the game so I'm kind of bummed that we got a tie actually,” Spanish Springs coach Mike Faker said.

Tuesday’s draw is the second between the cross-town rivals this fall.

Reed coach Jason Saville was frustrated with the tie as well, but for different reasons.

“I'd say they had three good opportunities to score in the game and they finished one,” Saville said. “We had three in the first half and four more in the second half and just got one to go. Unfortunately, we're anemic when it comes to putting the ball in the net.”

The teams battled through a scoreless tie in the first 40 minutes. After halftime, each team tallied its lone goal.

Spanish Springs broke the the scoreless drought when fleet-footed senior Laura Voss got the Cougars on the scoreboard with a goal in the 59th minute. Alyssa Bertuleit gave away the assist.

Ten minutes later, Reed knotted the contest at a goal apiece when Kennady Whitehead scored in the 69th minute. Jessie Eiting provided the assist for the Raiders.

“When you get down 1-0 that late in the game at your opponent's place, you'll take the tie, but it doesn't help us,” Saville said. “The tie helps them. Still, in the end, I'm proud of my girls. They didn't quit when they got behind. They persevered and tied it up.”

Reed is 4-4-2 after Tuesday's tie. Spanish Springs is now 7-1-3.

“When Reed got its goal, they were putting a lot of pressure and dominating the flow at the time, so they deserved that goal,” Faker said. “But I felt like we were the better team on the field. So it's tough to get a tie. We just missed our opportunities. We hit the crossbar once. Against good teams, we have been good at taking advantage of the opportunities we do get. But tonight, we struggled with that.”

Saville had similar sentiments.

“It's ridiculous,” he said. “Obviously, we'll have to clean it up and practice finishing. We can't expect to win 1-0.”

Spanish Springs hosts Northern 4A power Douglas at 1 p.m. Saturday. Reed gets another traditionally tough local team when it hosts Galena at 1 p.m. Saturday.
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