Spanish Springs started slow and McQueen took advantage. The host Lancers scored twice in the first 11 minutes to grab the early edge. The SSHS crew woke up and responded with two goals of its own. Irvin Somera scored for the Cougars in the 17th and 22nd minutes. Rudy Espinoza gave away the assist on Somera's first goal while his second was unassisted.
“Even when they took their leads, I wasn't worried,” Spanish Springs coach Rob Moreland said. “I knew we could score on them. We just had to put it together.”
McQueen had a 3-2 lead at halftime, thanks to a score in the 36th minute. The Lancers tacked on another goal in the first minute of the second half.
Somera again tied the game when he found the back of the net on a penalty kick at the 50-minute mark. Minutes later, Somera missed a penalty kick that would have tied the match at 4-4.
The miss proved costly in the end. The Cougars did forge a 4-4 tie when Jonathon Cruz scored on a penalty kick in the 62nd minute.
It looked like McQueen might steal a 5-4 win when it scored in the 77th minute. Apparently, a Lancers win was not meant to be. In the 79th minute, the final minute of play, Espinoza got a free kick and sent a cross in front of the Lancers' goal. Somera headed the shot in, securing a tie for the visiting Cougars.
Spanish Springs (8-3-1) had beaten McQueen last month, leaving the tie a bit disheartening.
“It was disappointing,” Moreland said. “Against those guys, I don't like a tie, because all the goals they scored were due to us being lazy. They beat us to balls, but that's a credit to them. They out-hustled us."
Spanish Springs will play again Carson Saturday at home at 5 p.m.
- Reno 3, Reed 1 -
•The High Desert League rivals were tied at a goal apiece seven minutes into the match, but Reno took care of business from there.
The host Huskies shut out the Raiders through the final 70-plus minutes and rolled to the two-goal win.
Reno scored first, with a goal three minutes into the match.
Reed knotted the score at 1-1 when Dylan Valentin scored thanks to an assist from Antonio Suarez at the 7-minute mark.
Reno scored in the 23rd and 77th minutes and was never really threatened.
Despite the defeat, Reed coach Jeff Valentine said there were bright spots for his team.
“We actually played really well,” Valentine said. “We had a few calls and a few things not go our way, but we had a better attack. Some things just didn’t go our way and they capitalized.”
Reed (2-9-1) returns to the soccer pitch Saturday when it plays on the road against Damonte Ranch at 11 a.m.