Wooster only won five 4A North games last year, going on to finish fourth in the Sierra League. One of those wins came in the opener, 2-0, at Spanish Springs.
Spanish Springs coach Mike Faker did not have to remind his team of that fact before Tuesday afternoon’s 4A North opener at Wooster.
“Oh, they knew. I didn’t have to say anything,” Faker said. “They remembered.”
And they played like it. The Cougars netted four second-half goals and rolled 6-0, improving to 2-1-1, 1-0 in 4A North play. The Colts sunk to 0-3-1, 0-1.
It was already the two team’s second meeting of the season. In a contrasting game, Spanish Springs and Wooster played to a scoreless non-league draw in Friday’s season opener at South Tahoe.
“We had a lot of opportunities at Tahoe and just didn’t put them in the net,” Faker said. “We had a lot of opportunities at the beginning of this game and didn’t put them in the net also. It kind of started flowing a little better (in the second half) and we were putting them on frame instead off the frame.”
The Cougars’ lead was just a goal in first-half stoppage time when junior Taylor Gunther stole an errant goal kick and finished the 1-on-1 chance to put the guests up 2-0 at the half. She added an unassisted goal in the 67th minute to put the Cougs up 5-0.
Charlotte Moreland, Alyssa Marlow and Kayla Guzman also scored in the second half.
Spanish Springs will play its home opener next Tuesday against a Carson team that did not lose last year until the regional semifinals.
Raiders blanked in opener
Reed started its season on Tuesday night with a 2-0 shutout loss at Damonte Ranch.
Taylor Anderson (hit post) and Sydnee Mcgrath (stellar free kick that was denied) both nearly netted the Raiders’ first goal of the season.
Reed will play its home opener next Tuesday against Bishop Manogue.