A little kickball was all the Cougars needed to get things jumpstarted in the second half as the visitors secured a 2-1 victory.
In the 45th minute, a long kick ahead found Giovanni Aguila, who headed a ball forward to Edwin Medina. Medina took a low shot that got past the McQueen goalkeeper for the initial 1-0 lead.
The Lancers had their chances all day, but nothing was getting past SSHS keeper Omar Trujillo.
Four minutes later, Spanish Springs senior Julio Soto had the ball on a string during a 3-on-3 break. Soto passed it forward to Diego Urias-Paz, who broke free from his defender, but he couldn’t get a clean shot on goal.
But that wasn’t the case two minutes later when Gabriel Vazquez Vazquez took a shot from long range and received a beneficial bounce which deflected off a Lancers defender. The keeper could not reverse his direction in time to make the save, increasing the Cougars’ lead to 2-0 with just over 19 minutes to play.
McQueen finally got on the board in the final three minutes against many of Spanish Springs' reserves. A free kick from just inside midfield sailed to the middle of the box. William De La Torre jumped up and flicked a header backwards that Trujillo had no chance of reaching.
“We have some guys who are sick and injured and we were just trying to move some guys around and keep the intensity up,” SSHS boys soccer coach Rob Moreland said. “I thought we played pretty good. Our shots were going in. I still think we have work to do. We haven’t played our best soccer yet. It’s nice to get a win again.”
Spanish Springs (5-2) is scheduled to take on Damonte Ranch Wednesday.
*The Spanish Springs girls came away with the same outcome as the boys, just with fewer goals scored.
In the 24th minute, the Cougars got the only goal they would need when Alyssa Bertuleit sent ahead a throughball to the foot of Audrey Barham, who deposited a goal into the corner of the goal, giving the visitors a 1-0 win over McQueen.
“It was nice to play a good 80 minutes of soccer because we didn’t do that against Reno or Manogue,” SSHS girls soccer coach Mike Faker said. “It was good to get the win since we still have four starters out.”
Baylie Krutsinger recorded seven saves in the shutout.
Spanish Springs (5-1-1) is at home against Damonte Tuesday night.
Capping the local tripleheader of Rail City soccer was the Reed boys soccer team’s match at North Valleys Friday night under the lights.
Unfortunately for Rail City soccer fans, the Raiders were the lone team to come away with a loss.
North Valleys scored two goals in the first half off corner kicks that Reed could not clear, and the Raiders couldn’t recover, falling 3-1.
Reed cut the deficit in half in the 70th minute thanks to a goal by Kenny Malizia, but the Blue and Gold couldn’t tie it up and the Panthers added a goal in the final minutes.
“We’re confident, but we’re just making the same errors,” Reed boys soccer coach Joel Martinez said. “It seems like we start off slow, and in the second half that’s when we play Reed High soccer. That’s something we’ve talked to them in the past about playing the full 80 minutes and not just one half and expect to win the game.”
Reed (1-4-1) takes on Manogue Wednesday.