By Shyene Joubert, reporting intern
Spanish Springs built on its first-place lead on Saturday afternoon with a dominant 5-0 win at Reed.
The Cougars (10-3-1, 7-3-1) now own a four-point lead atop the High Desert League standings over the Raiders (8-7-1, 5-5-1) who suffered their second loss of the week.
Halley Morgan scored back-to-back goals in the first half, securing an early lead for the Cougs. She completed the hat trick in the 50th minute.
“It feels pretty good,” Morgan said. “It makes me feel like I made a big contribution to the team because they helped me get those shots. It is my last season, so that’s why I hope we make it to playoffs and then regionals.”
Kendall Tegins stretched Spanish Springs’ lead to 4-0 minutes after Morgan’s third goal of the day. One of the team captains, Allie Lepori, completed the scoring in the 66th.
“We had three quality goals, but it was a good game for them,” Spanish Springs coach Mike Faker said. “We have been working on patience, our strikers, and staying wide. We did those things today and came together.”
Reed battled injuries early but coach Jason Saville didn’t believe that had much to do with the defeat. He feels the team grew discouraged after the fourth goal.
“I think we were close in the first half—it was pretty even-steven,” Saville said. “We let two goals in, and (after that) it was hard to battle. When the wheels came off, we allowed it. The second half was ugly.”
Spanish Springs will attempt to soften its first-place cushion Tuesday night at home against Hug.
The Railroaders avoided a let down on Saturday after beating first-place Truckee earlier in the week with a convincing 10-2 home win over Fernley.
Sparks improved to 7-5-2, 7-3-0 in the DI-A North while the Vaqueros remained winless on the season.
The Railroaders host Elko (7-11-1, 4-5-1) on Friday.