Spanish Springs improved to 11-0-2 with a 2-1 triumph over Carson at Spanish Springs Wednesday night.
“They were looking forward to this game,” Spanish Springs assistant coach Cesar Calix said of his Cougars.
Jonathan Garcia put the Cougars on the board in the 39th minute with the aid of a Victor Garcia assist. Edwin Medina extended the lead to 2-0 in the 54th minute. The Senators cut the gap in half in the 63rd minute but the Cougars’ stout defense held the final 17 minutes.
The Cougars outshot the Senators 11-6 and goalie Omar Trujillo had yet another casual night in the Spanish Springs goal being forced to make just two saves.
Calix said the talented Cougars squad made the transition to temporary coach, an easy one.
“It wasn’t hard because we have a good group,” Calix said. “They know what to do.”
The Cougars jump back onto the pitch Saturday when they play host to Hug. First kick is slated for 1 p.m.
The Raiders fell, 5-1, to Damonte Ranch at home Wednesday but Reed coach Joel Martinez said the game was much closer than the score indicated.
Trailing 2-1 in the second half, the Raiders committed a penalty in their own goal box that resulted in a Mustangs penalty kick and consequently, a 3-1 deficit.
“It was a dagger,” Reed coach Joel Martinez said. “We couldn’t recuperate and gave away silly goals at the end.”
Martinez believes his squad, which is tied for the fourth and final playoff spot with North Valleys, would have won the crucial matchup if not for the penalty-kick goal.
Reed trailed 2-0 at the half but closed the gap to 2-1 early in the second half when Julio Cortez sent home a header off a free kick, which the Mustangs’ goalie mishandled.
Martinez admitted that the school’s mid-fall break is affecting his team but refused to use it as an excuse for the loss.
The Reed coach has stressed the importance of each game the last two weeks as the Raiders are fighting for their playoff lives. Saturday’s meeting with McQueen is likely the Raiders biggest game to date. First kick is scheduled for 1 p.m.
The Raiders led McQueen, 3-1, in the two team’s first meeting of the season but ended up settling for a 3-3 draw.
“We are going to be better prepared,” Martinez said. “In the division we are in, one mistake is going to cost you the game. We have to capitalize on their mistakes.”