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Cougars win at Wooster; Raiders comes up short against Tigers
by Dan Eckles
Sep 04, 2012 | 4552 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs freshman forward Leila Rae Espine (in purple) holds off a Wooster defender as the two pursue a loose ball.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Spanish Springs freshman forward Leila Rae Espine (in purple) holds off a Wooster defender as the two pursue a loose ball.
RENO — The Spanish Springs Cougars had no trouble keeping their record unblemished in the early going of the Division I Northern Region girls soccer schedule.

Spanish Springs, which knocked off perennial North power Douglas, 1-0 at home a week ago, scored four first-half goals Tuesday and cruised to a 5-0 crossover league win at Wooster.

"I felt good about the win today," Spanish Springs coach Mike Faker said. "We played a lot of kids and that was our goal today. We played well. We got up early and we got to see some young kids get a lot of time."

The visiting Cougars broke the scoreless tie 18 minutes into Tuesday's match when junior Kylie Diesner buried a ball in the back of the net thanks to an Audrey Barham assist.

Seven minutes later, the Cougars extended their edge to 2-0 when Samantha Ryckebosch scored on a Diesner assist.

"This was a good win. We started a little slow but picked it up," Diesner said. "We were able to make good runs up top and finish."

The Cougars did not let up on their first-half onslaught. In the 27th minute, Barham beat the Wooster defense thanks to a second assist off the foot of Ryckebosch.

Barham put the finishing touches on a stellar first half when she collected her second goal. That came at the 39-minute mark when Alyssa Bertuleit provided the assist.

Halftime came and went, as did most of the second half, before Spanish Springs capped off its scoring parade. Freshman forward Laila Espina scored for the Cougars in the 70th minute after Jessey Van Leuven notched the assist.

Spanish Springs fired 18 shots on goal while Wooster got off 11 but the quality of shots differed greatly. Faker echoed that sentiment.

"Our defensive shape was good," the veteran Cougars coach said. "Like against Douglas, everybody played well. I didn't see a lot of mistakes. Wooster was never able to get anything dangerous. They got some shots, but those were from pretty far out and easy to defend."

Spanish Springs returns to the soccer pitch for its first High Desert League match of the fall campaign when it meets North Valleys at 5 p.m. Friday.

Douglas 3, Reed 2

In a battle of traditionally tough northern Nevada playoff contenders, Douglas earned some early season bragging rights. On their home field at DHS in Minden, the Tigers scored a pair of goals 18 minutes apart in the first half to key the one-goal win.

Douglas scored in the sixth minute, but Reed answered with a goal on a direct kick by Katelyn Raatz at the 13-minute mark.

The host Tigers scored in the 24th minute to go up 2-1 and Reed was never able to tie or take the lead through the remainder of the match.

The score remained at 2-1 until the final few minutes of play. Douglas scored in the 78th minute, pushing its lead to 3-1. Reed responded with a goal a minute later when Vanessa Arzaluz converted a penalty kick.

Unfortunately for the visiting Raiders, Douglas (1-1) was able to kill off the final minute-plus of game clock, saddling the RHS crew with defeat.

"Douglas won the first half for sure," Reed coach Jason Saville said. "Their speed of play and physical play set the tone. I thought the last five minutes of the first half and then in the second half we had them running ... Our girls that played left everything they had on the field. If a couple things here and there go our way, maybe it's different. Tonight didn't work out the way we wanted, but we feel pretty good going forward."

Reed (1-1) will play again Saturday when it hosts High Desert League rival Reno at 11 a.m.

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