By Jasmine Gutierrez, reporting intern
Spanish Springs bested North Valleys 3-1 at home on Tuesday night.
Spanish Springs improved to 9-3-1, 6-3-1 in league plays but more importantly, slid into first place ahead of Reed, by one point, which fell at Reno on Tuesday night. North Valleys dropped 1-10-0, 0-10-0.
“I thought we did pretty good. We definitely controlled possession,” Spanish Springs coach Mike Faker said. “There was a few things in the back we kind of say screwed up so we’ll work on that (it’s the) little stuff though.”
Allie Lepori put Spanish Springs in an early lead with back-to-back goals in the 12th and 13th minutes of the game.
“We’ve been working on our chemistry a lot and our possession of the ball, and trying to pass before we shoot,” Lepori said.
Spanish Springs’ 2-0 lead lasted until Taylor Gunther scored the last goal for the Cougars in the 63rd minute.
North Valleys’ Emily Mendoza avoided the shutout for the Panthers with a goal in the 69th minute.
Spanish Springs travels to Reed on Saturday for a crucial league meeting with first place on the line. First touch is at 11 a.m.
“(Next game is) against Reed which is our biggest rival so we are just going to put a lot of time into practice and work together,” Lepori said.
Reed falls at Reno
The Raiders’ brief stint atop the Hight Desert League standings came to a close Tuesday night. At least for now.
After taking sole possession of first place with a win over North Valleys on Saturday, the Raiders fell 2-0 at Reno (8-6-1, 5-4-1). The loss, coupled with Spanish Springs’ home win over North Valleys, dropped the Raiders one point behind the Cougs.
The Huskies took a 1-0 lead just 14 minutes in and that nearly proved to be the difference until Reno added an insurance goal in the 70th.
Reed has a chance to retake first place on Saturday when it hosts Spanish Springs.