In the third minute, Hug’s Alexis Gonzalez took a turnover and sent a shot into the bottom right corner of the goal from deep to put the Hawks ahead 1-0. Spanish Springs would spend the rest of the game trying to tie the game but its efforts would fall short as the goal would prove to be the only offense the Hawks would need as they held off the Cougs for the HDL victory.
“We gave that goal away,” Spanish Springs coach Rob Moreland said. “They didn’t earn it. We made a mistake and they put it away. So again, we need to quit doing that. We played the ball nice. We knocked it around, passed it really well. We just have to finish. That’s the only thing we need to do. The guys talked well, played well, but we just have to finish.”
Aside from the play in which Hug managed to score, the remainder of the action was held in the Hawks territory.
Spanish Springs generated a number of scoring chances but were not successful in capitalizing.
Rodolfo Lopez Rojas pushed a shot just wide left for the Cougars from 35 yards out in the 17th minute. Following that attempt, a pair of corner kicks closed out the first half for SSHS but neither did any damage to Hug’s one-goal edge.
Out of the intermission the Purple and Silver poured on the pressure in search of an equalizer.
The Cougars put a shot on goal in the 57th minute only to watch Hug goalkeeper Brian Garcia dive to his left and stop the ball on top of the goal line. A free kick in the 61st minute followed for the hosts, but it was blocked by Garcia, as was the rebound effort. Another free kick four minutes later had the same outcome for the Cougars as Garcia bobbled the shot and then fell on top of the ball to secure the save.
Spanish Springs continued sending shots on goal, just missing wide or high a handful of times. In stoppage time, the Cougars got one last chance to knot the game up on a free kick, but somehow the ball found its way along the ground untouched before rolling out of bounds.
Spanish Springs (4-2) will hit the road to visit McQueen on Friday with the match set to kick off at 3 p.m.
“We need to quit making mistakes and then finish,” Moreland said. “We’re not finishing well. We need to work on that. We’re doing well all the way up to that point. If we can fine tune that, I think that’s the key to the whole thing.”
Reed 1, McQueen 1
After losing all three of its matches last week, Reed was in search of getting back in the win column. Although the Raiders did not come away with a victory on Wednesday night, they did manage to stay away from a fourth-straight loss with a 1-1 tie against High Desert League foe McQueen.
Reed notched the first goal of the game in the 32nd minute to take a 1-0 edge. As a Lancer defender attempted to clear the ball out of McQueen territory, Reed’s Danny Hernandez stepped in front to deflect the ball into the upper right corner of the net.
The Raiders were close to pulling out the victory, but McQueen’s Cedric Jones had other ideas as he sent a rocket into the upper left hand corner in the 79th minute to force the 1-1 tie.
“It was a really good match,” Reed coach Joel Martinez said. “Both teams were evenly matched. I think this tie was a very important tie. We didn’t win any points, but we didn’t lose any at all. With this being a league match, McQueen didn’t gain an advantage point wise. We worked on just pressure and pressure and pressure. Finally it’s starting to click. It’s starting to show and they’re starting to click as a group and commit as a team.”
Reed (1-3-2) takes the pitch again on Friday at North Valleys with a match starting at 7 p.m.