The Cougars completed the regular season sweep of their cross-town rivals with a 3-1 home win in prep boys soccer action Wednesday night.
Spanish Springs dominated the action in the first half en route to a 3-0 halftime lead.
“It was nice. We touched the ball well and played to the feet,” SSHS boys soccer coach Rob Moreland said. “I swear if we do that, we’ll do well. We keep trying to tell them to keep it simple and play unselfishly and we did that for those first three goals.”
The Purple and White broke the scoreless tie within the first 10 minutes of the game when Rodolfo Lopez dribbled a slow roller into the far corner of the goal. Rudy Espinoza picked up the assist.
The score remained 1-0 for over the next 20 minutes until Spanish Springs tallied a pair of markers within two minutes of each other.
When a Reed defender failed to clear the ball from the box, Johnathan Garcia-Cruz stole it away and laced a low shot into the left side of the goal for a 2-0 advantage.
A little over two minutes later, Matt Munley almost whiffed on a shot but got enough behind it that it slowly rolled over the goal line before a Raiders player could attempt a sliding clear. Irvin Somera was credited with the assist.
The Raiders had no legitimate scoring chances on goal in the first 40 minutes.
That changed in the second half when Reed put a little more push ahead on offense, but it didn’t lead to a change in the score until the final seconds.
“That’s the way we should play. It wasn’t even adjustments,” Reed boys soccer coach Jeff Valentine said of the second half. “It comes down to what I’ve been talking about for the past couple weeks. It’s a lack of effort. I don’t know how to jumpstart these guys, but maybe someone wants to sponsor us with a case of Red Bull. I was ready to forfeit the game again. It’s not worth playing if they don’t come out to play. They came out to play in the second half and we actually outscored them 1-0.”
With under two minutes to play in the contest, a low shot from about 30 yards out made it through a wall of players and nailed the far post, ricocheting back to Spanish Springs goal keeper Ivan Trujillo. That was the only excitement in the second half until with about 30 seconds left, Dylan Valentine turned and shot high over Trujillo and into the back of the net to break up the shutout.
Spanish Springs (7-3-0) is back in action Friday at home against Douglas, while Reed (2-7-1) gets Galena at 11 a.m. Saturday.