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Boys soccer roundup: Cougars celebrate coach's birthday with win, Raiders blanked
by Nathan Shoup
Sep 25, 2013 | 1357 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Some birthdays are better than others. The Cougars threw a birthday party for their coach, Rob Moreland, Wednesday, knocking off McQueen 3-1 to improve to 5-0-1 on the season.

Moreland’s son, Chris, was in charge of making sure it was a surprise party, scoring twice.

“Oh, it was awesome, they were good goals too,” Moreland said of his son’s two-goal performance. “He was composed and it was good for him too.”

Edwin Medina brought the cake, putting Spanish Springs up 1-0 in the 20th minute with the help coming from Edwin Medina.

A “breakdown on defense” allowed McQueen to tie the game five minutes later where it remained though halftime.

Chris then scored in the 44th in and the 46th minutes off assists from Andrew Marshall and Freddy Arriola.

With a commanding second-half lead, Moreland was able to play numerous players on his deep bench.

“We’re doing well,” Moreland said. “We’re a good team. We've just got to keep our heads.”

The Cougars will get the chance to extend their coach’s birthday party tomorrow, playing at Douglas in a makeup game.

∙Good news has been hard to come by in the past couple days for the Raiders.

Reed was outmatched at home Wednesday night against North Valleys, falling 3-0, just four days after allowing a 75th minute goal against McQueen, which forced the Raiders to settle for a tie.

“North Valleys is a very young, quick team. They have a good program coming up,” assistant coach George Hernandez said. “They were faster. They did great.”

Reed is also suffering from a depleted bench due to a string of injuries.

Trailing 1-0 after halftime, North Valleys added an insurance goal in the 55th minute, heading in a corner kick, and in the 59th minute, after tapping home a loose ball in the box.

The Raiders were unable to capitalize on three promising scoring opportunities in the second half

Despite allowing two goals after the half, Hernandez was pleased with the squad’s second-half showing.

“The second half was a lot better than the first half,” Hernandez said. “In the first half they played us out. North Valleys had the majority of the possession, probably 60 percent.”

Now 3-3-1, Reed plays at Bishop Manogue Friday night.
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