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Cougars, Raiders nab league road wins
by Tribune Staff
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Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs' Rudy Espinosa tries to corral a high bouncing ball during the Cougars' 5-2 win Wednesday.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs' Rudy Espinosa tries to corral a high bouncing ball during the Cougars' 5-2 win Wednesday.
The Spanish Springs Cougars extended a perfect start to their season, picking up a 5-2 win at McQueen in boys prep soccer action Wednesday afternoon. However, it was not all smooth sailing for the Cougars. Spanish Springs faced its first deficit of the young season early in the second half.

The Cougars got on the scoreboard first. That came when Irvin Somera blasted a penalty kick into the net nine minutes into the match. But the host Lancers were not intimidated by the defending Northern 4A champions.

McQueen’s all-league forward Cedric Jones scored in the 35th minute and the match was tied into halftime. Jones scored again five minutes into the second half and that’s when the SSHS crew was staring at the short end of a score, 2-1, for the first time through four games this fall.

Unfortunately for McQueen, its advantage just served as a wake-up call for the visiting Cougars. Spanish Springs reeled off four straight goals in the final 28 minutes of play and was never seriously threatened down the stretch.

Alex Matute scored in the 52nd minute for Spanish Springs to knot the game at 2-2. In the 70th minute, the Cougars scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal on a Julio Soto score.

Manny Medina and Soto tacked on insurance scores for the school in the 77th and 80th minutes respectively.

None of the Spanish Springs goals were assisted and that was disheartening for SSHS coach Rob Moreland.

“That’s the problem. That’s what I’ve been talking to these guys about,” Moreland said. “We are going back to the selfish stuff. We should be putting away teams early. We have the talent to do that, but sometimes these guys want to do it all themselves and that makes it a struggle.

“Against a good team, we’re not going to be able to come back with a bunch of goals. We must trust each other and knock it around, wear another team down. We’re playing too selfish.”

Spanish Springs is back in action Saturday when it goes to Galena for a Northern 4A crossover league match that starts at 1 p.m.

•At Reno, Reed evened its record by dumping the host Huskies, 5-2 Wednesday. The Raiders, who had dropped two straight after a season-opening win, now sit 2-2.

Reed wasted no time taking the lead. The Raiders scored two minutes into the match when Dylan Valentine gave away an assist to Christian Martinez.

Reno did deadlock the match at a goal apiece in the eighth minute, but the tie was short-lived. Reed took a 2-1 edge when Ryan Butler scored on a second Valentine assist, a minute later.

Valentine added goals in the 13th and 20th minutes en route to Reed holding a 4-1 halftime lead.

Reno trimmed the Reed lead to 4-2 on a penalty kick goal at the 50-minute mark, but the Huskies could get no closer.

The Raiders got their fifth and final goal when Valentine tallied a hat trick, thanks to an assist from Butler. That came in the 62nd minute.

“In the last few games we had played scared,” Reed coach Jeff Valentine said. “We didn’t challenge 50-50 balls. We had no intensity. We had that for a full 80 minutes today. That was a huge plus.”

Reed plays again Saturday when it hosts Wooster at 11 a.m.

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