Halley Morgan scored two second-half goals Tuesday at home against McQueen to give Spanish Springs a 3-1 victory.
Morgan’s pair of goals not only broke a 1-1 halftime tie, but they significantly bolstered the Cougs’ league-title chances.
With the win, Spanish Springs (12-3-2, 9-3-2) maintained a two-point lead over Reed and three-point lead over Reno for first place with two games remaining in the regular season. The Cougars beat the Raiders 5-0 in their previous meeting. They also went 1-0-1 against the Huskies this season and own the tiebreaker if the two teams finish in a tie.
HDL girls soccer standings with two to play: Spanish Springs 9-3-2, 29 pts Reed 9-5-0, 27 pts Reno 8-4-2 26 pts
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Taylor Gunter spotted the Purple a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute before the Lancers tied the match with two minutes left in the half, leading to Morgan’s strong final 40 minutes.
The Cougars go to North Valleys on Saturday at 11 a.m. before potentially playing for the High Desert League title next Tuesday at home against Reed.
Reed remains in league-title chase with 3-1 win over North Valleys
The Raiders kept their league-title chances alive on Tuesday with a 3-1 home win over North Valleys.
Reed improved to 10-5-0, 9-5-0 in DI North play and remained just two points behind Spanish Springs with two games to play (home vs. Reno on Saturday and at Spanish Springs next Tuesday).
Taylor Anderson scored a pair of goals in the win. Her first goal gave the Raiders a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute (Hannah Anderson assist) and her final goal in the 55th (Erika Robtoy assist) pushed the lead to 3-1 five minutes after North Valleys cut a 2-0 deficit at the break in half.
Hannah Anderson pushed the Raiders first-half lead to 2-0 in the 36th minute (Krista Bosch assist).
Keeper Makayla Ford had five saves in the win.
Reed hosts Reno on Saturday at 3 p.m.
If Spanish Springs tops North Valleys, the Reed-Reno winner will remain alive for the league title while the loser will be forced to play for second. A tie, paired with a Spanish Springs win, would give the league title to the Cougs.