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Boys soccer roundup: Cougars plow Panthers, Raiders let one slip
by Nathan Shoup
Oct 05, 2013 | 1914 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Spring's Chris Moreland (right) beats a North Valleys defender to the ball Saturday in the Cougars' 3-0 HDL win.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Spring's Chris Moreland (right) beats a North Valleys defender to the ball Saturday in the Cougars' 3-0 HDL win.
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Spanish Springs boys soccer coach Rob Moreland challenged his undefeated squad to score three early goals against North Valleys Saturday. Message heard!

Ricardo Camacho did the heavy lifting, scoring goals in the sixth and 20th minutes before Edwin Medina completed Moreland’s task in the 38th minute of the Cougars' 3-0 High Desert League win.

Victor Garcia assisted Camacho’s second goal and nearly added a goal of his own 30 seconds into the match.

After coasting to a 3-0 lead at the half, Moreland said he was 'knit picking' but would like his team to add a couple goals in the second half.

“I think we should have gone at them a little harder,” Moreland said. “I think the kids were satisfied though.”

Spanish Springs outshot North Valleys 13-2 and the commanding win allowed Moreland to give his already deep bench more playing time.

The Cougars improved to 9-0-1 with the win while North Valleys fell to 4-4-1.

Spanish Springs plays at Galena (5-2-1) Wednesday. The Grizzlies are tied for second place in the Sierra League.

•With a win over Reno Saturday, Reed would have moved into a third-place tie with North Valleys, which lost at Spanish Springs earlier. Instead, the Raiders remain in fifth place after falling 1-0 to the Huskies.

“These are the games we have to win,” Reed coach Joel Martinez said. “We’re starting to play as a team, starting to pass, starting to communicate a lot better but when it comes to finishing we can’t put the ball in the net.”

Reed was unable to take advantage of six one-on-one’s in the second half and fell to 3-5-1. Reno improved to 4-2-3.

The Huskies lone goal came in the 68th minute off a header on a corner kick. Despite scoring the lone goal of the match, Reno was out-shot 14-6 by the Raiders.

The push for the playoffs does not get any easier for the Raiders who play Sierra League-leading Carson (6-2-0) Wednesday and Hug (5-1-2) Friday.

“The season’s not over yet. We have a big week coming up,” said Martinez. “We win or we’re out pretty much.”

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