Andrea Hernandez scored with four and a half minutes left in the game and Hannah Collins added an insurance goal in stoppage time to give Manogue a 2-0 crossover league victory over the Cougars to improve to 3-1-1 on the young season.
“It’s our third game of the week. We knew it was going to be a big game,” Miners coach Amber Gwinn said. “We were focused, but I would have liked to see us relax just a little bit. We knew they were going to come in tough. We were ready for a good game. Once we were started to connect, we started finding the gaps.”
While Manogue maintained much of the possession in the first half, the Miners’ touch in the final third of the field was lacking and they couldn’t turn their long runs or passes into quality shots on goal.
On the other side of the field, Spanish Springs simply struggled sending any passes ahead. A swirling wind redirected any ball in the air heading south in the first half.
That left the teams deadlocked 0-0 after 40 minutes of action.
The second half saw the teams come out fired up.
First, it was the Miners putting on the pressure with a faster pace on offense and defense. Then it was the Cougars’ turn to increase the excitement level. However, the result was the same as the first half.
Spanish Springs finally got some good luck when Taylor Kern had her legs taken out from under her during a run on goal.
Alyssa Bertuleit took the free kick from two yards outside the box, but she pushed her shot just wide with 17 minutes to go in the game.
During a two-minute span that started at the 67th minute, Spanish Springs goal keeper Baylie Krutsinger had to make two tough saves on hard shots from the Miners. She stopped those, but she had no chance at stopping the eventual game-winner.
With 4:30 on the clock, Hernandez pushed a shot into the back of the net following a Cougars turnover in the back.
Spanish Springs still had a chance to tie, but with two and a half minutes left, Aubrey Barham skipped a shot toward the goal and Miners keeper Aidan Vasquez swallowed up the one-hopper.
With under two minutes to play and after a shot from the outside blasted the crossbar, Collins was there for the rebound and directed her shot into the right side of the goal.
“I thought we were as good as Manogue and better in some instances,” SSHS girls soccer coach Mike Faker said. “They had some really dangerous people, and we did a pretty good job slowing them down. The team, I asked them what happened, and they basically said they stopped communicating. There was a lapse in mental toughness.”
Spanish Springs fell to 3-1-1 and will host Hug at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday
Spanish Springs 5, Bishop Manogue 0
After a disappointing 3-0 loss at Reno Wednesday, the Spanish Springs boys soccer needed a rebound game and Bishop Manogue provided the perfect opponent Saturday.
The Cougars scrapped everything they tried against the Huskies and switched to a 4-back defense, which seemed to be a welcome change by the players.
It appeared that way on the scoreboard also as Spanish Springs rolled to a 5-0 crossover league win at BMHS.
“It was a nice rebound. We changed our system and put four in the back. I think that’s what we needed to keep them in their comfort zone,” SSHS boys soccer coach Rob Moreland said. “They weren’t that good, but you don’t want to lower your level to them. The guys did well and knocked it around.”
Spanish Springs scored all five of its goals within the first 60 minutes of the game, led by a hat trick from Edwin Medina.
Medina started the scoring in the sixth minute off an assist by Cristian Gonzalez. Medina added an unassisted goal 23 minutes later.
To close out the first-half scoring, Ricardo Camacho-Villa found the back of the net in the 39th minute. Gabriel Vazquez Vazquez had the assist, giving the visitors a 3-0 lead at the intermission.
Medina completed his hat trick 15 minutes into the second half thanks to a helper by Rodolfo Lopez Rojas.
Four minutes later, Gio Aguilar capped the scoring with a goal in the 59th minute. Chance Callister assisted on the play.
Spanish Springs unleashed 17 shots compared to only three by Manogue. Omar Trujillo and Sean Colosi combined on the three-save shutout for the Cougars.
“The passing was good. Even though it’s a skinny field, we tried to keep the ball wide. It was a good comeback from Reno,” Moreland said.
Spanish Springs (4-1) is back in action Wednesday against Hug.