“It was rough,” McQueen coach Kelly Bowden said. “It was pretty evenly matched. Both of us had our chances. It could have gone either way. It's probably realistic it ended in a tie.”
McQueen's talented forward, Brianna Tate, gave the Lancers (3-6-2) a 2-0 lead by halftime. She scored in the 18th and 39th minutes, lifting the Lancers to the early edge. Jenna Gortari had McQueen's first assist while Bailey Allison had the second.
“We talked to the kids that she was their offense,” Spanish Springs coach Mike Faker said. “The way we wanted to play, should have made it pretty easy to stop her, but we still watched her go by people. We gave away two goals.”
It was a different match after the intermission. Spanish Springs got two goals of its own in the second half, while holding its MHS hosts scoreless, to salvage the tie.
Kiley Diesner got the visiting Cougars on the scoreboard when she found the back of the net in the 46th minute. The goal was unassisted.
At the 56-minute mark, Laura Voss got the equalizer goal for the SSHS crew. Alyssa Bertuleit contributed the tying assist. Spanish Springs dominated play in the final 15 minutes and nearly took the lead. McQueen goalkeeper Rachel Ogden left her feet twice to make saves, once diving to push a shot wide and once jumping high to tip it over the goal. Had she not saved either, Spanish Springs would have picked up the victory. “We needed to win this match,” Faker said. “We still have a chance to win the division. We have to take care of business or Reed could catch us.”
Spanish Springs (7-2-4) is in action again Saturday when it hosts Northern 4A power Carson at 3 p.m.
- Reno 3, Reed 0 -
Mara Bensing scored two of the Huskies' three first-half goals and the Raiders could not rebound in the shutout loss.
Reed had some good scoring chances in the opening minutes of play at Reno High Tuesday night but could not convert. That allowed Reno to claim the momentum with a pair of goals within five minutes of each other.
“We had a couple good scoring chances in the first few minutes and I really liked how we were playing,” Reed girls soccer coach Jason Saville said. “That first goal really took the air out of our sails, especially with how easy it was.”
The Raiders made some halftime adjustments and held Reno scoreless for the second 40 minutes. It didn't matter though as the Blue and Gold was not be able to finish in the second half either. Reed (4-5-3) is at Damonte Ranch Saturday for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
- Sparks 1, North Tahoe 1 -
•Only a final minute goal by North Tahoe kept the Sparks Railroaders from stealing a win at the Lake Tuesday afternoon.
The host Lakers got a goal in make-up time to tie the score and force the draw.
Sparks got its lone goal from Jessica Mendoza midway through the first half. The SHS senior buried a shot in the net a few yards beyond the North Tahoe defensive box in the 20th minute.
“You kind of think you have the win, but in high school, you never know how much extra time there is. It was kind of a surprise,” Sparks coach Jerry Miller said. “It was a pretty good effort. North Tahoe beats us 4-0 at home earlier, so this was pretty good. It keeps us in the playoff hunt.”
Miller said a number of players stepped up and contributed solid performances in the tie. He singled out Norma Robles, Evelyn Gomez and Lesley Delariva as players who contributed in the Railroaders' improved outing.
Sparks (5-5-1, 2-4-1 3A Sierra League) plays again Friday at home against Dayton at 2 p.m.