Spanish Springs sophomore forward Makayla Long knocked in two of her team’s four goals to lift the Cougars (6-0) over McQueen (3-3-2), 5-1, in a girls soccer game Tuesday at Spanish Springs.
Within the first ten minutes, Spanish Springs jumped out to a quick two-goal lead as Long and her teammate Audrey Barham each connected on goals.
“We’ve been playing together for two years,” Barham said. “So we’ve connected a lot.”
That connection led to a night of constant ball possession and shots on goal in favor of Spanish Springs.
“Those two are tough,” Spanish Springs coach Mike Faker said. “They both work hard, and they feed well off of each other. If you throw the third one in there, Samantha Ryckebosch, the three of them are tough for anybody to handle for any length of time.”
Following the two Cougar goals, McQueen got its offense going and had a goal robbed when senior keeper Adriana Pennington laid out to make a spectacular one-handed save. The Lancers would keep pressing though, until Miranda Franey knocked an open netter through off of a pass from Skye Turner to make it 2-1 heading into half.
Midway through the second half, Spanish Springs Long struck again, that time blasting a strike from the corner of the penalty box just out of reach of goalie Christina Farman.
“I just beat (the defender) one-on-one, and shot from outside the eighteen,” Long said “It just went over the keepers’ head and went in.”
The goal nailed home the win for the Cougars who pushed their unbeaten streak to six.
“There was some good and bad you could take out of that game,” Faker said. “Sometimes we played really well and sometimes we didn’t play very well. They’re all learning processes. Six and 0 right now is definitely a good start.”
McQueen came into the game missing two of its players due to red cards from last game, but coach Steve Choman wouldn’t use that as an excuse for the Lancers’ play.
“It’s an adversity, but we have to be better,” Choman said. “Players are hurt. Players get red cards. It’s not an excuse. We have to play better. Hopefully this is a learning experience for us. I think we can compete with Spanish Springs.”