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SSHS boys soccer romps at Douglas, girls play to draw
by Tribune Staff
Sep 26, 2013 | 1329 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Spanish Springs Cougars are riding high. They drubbed Douglas on its home field in Minden Thursday, capturing a 5-0 triumph in a Div. I North boys soccer crossover league affair Thursday night.

Spanish Springs improved to 6-0-1 with Thursday's lopsided romp.

"I think we are sitting pretty sweet," Spanish Springs coach Rob Moreland said. "We haven't seen a team we can't handle. Our biggest threat is to ourselves. We cannot be getting too headstrong. We must keep playing our game, passing and playing as a team. When you get selfish, that's what kills you. When you get selfish, your communication breaks down. If we stick to what we're doing and the guys buy in, we could go all the way."

The visiting Cougars wasted no time getting on the scoreboard as they posted a goal just two minutes into the match. It was an unassisted tally by Freddie Arriola. In the 29th minute, Gabby Vasquez tacked on another unassisted goal for the SSHS crew and it wound up making that 2-0 margin stick into the halftime break.

Spanish Springs extended its edge to 3-0 when it added a goal in the 49th minute. Anthony Ramirez handled the scoring honors on that goal thanks to an assist from Jorge Lemus. Edwin Medina scored the fourth Cougars' goal after Marshall Andrew gave away an assist. That came at the 57-minute mark.

Victor Garcia capped the match scoring when he got into the scoring parade with a marker in the 66th minute.

"That was nice. We got five guys on five different goals," Moreland said. "We had lots of good passing and good defense. We played well and it was nice after playing yesterday against McQueen ... We have a good bench and that helps a lot. We're pretty strong. When guys get tired, we're not afraid to sub in from our bench."

Spanish Springs played McQueen Wednesday and then got Douglas Thursday after re-scheduling the match against the Tigers. It was originally slated for Sept. 3 but poor air quality in the region forced the match to be postponed. The Cougars wrap up their three-match, four day odyssey Saturday when they play at Damonte Ranch at 11 a.m.

In girls action, Thursday's Douglas-Spanish Springs matchup featured two of the premiere teams in the region. Douglas took a 2-0 advantage into the final 10 minutes of play but could not walk off with the win.

The Cougars scored in the 72nd minute to trim the DHS lead to 2-1. Audrey Barham scored the goal for Spanish Springs after Kirsten Lealtad dished off the assist.

Douglas' hopes for a win were dashed in the final minute. The Tigers were called for a hands ball in their own defensive box, leading to an SSHS penalty kick. The Sparks-area school cashed in. Lealtad buried the PK in the back of the net and the Cougars got out of Douglas County with the 2-2 deadlock.

"The first 20 minutes or so, they controlled the tempo and beat on us," Cougars coach Mike Faker said. "Then we settled in and used a lot of kids. We were pretty fresh. Everyone played well and toward the end we squeaked it out, pulled into the tie."

Douglas had taken its 2-0 lead with goals in the 25th an 52nd minutes.

"This was huge, one of the best comebacks I've been a part of," Faker said. "Douglas is a good team. They are solid and deserve to be undefeated. To come back from 2-0 with 10 minutes left against them, that's pretty big."

Spanish Springs (6-0-1) gets on the pitch again Saturday morning when it travels to Damonte for a 9 a.m. crossover league clash.

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