Boys’ Soccer: Douglas falls to Spanish Springs |

Boys’ Soccer: Douglas falls to Spanish Springs

by Joey Crandall

The Douglas boys’ soccer team had a potential equalizer in the final minute wiped off the board on an offsides call as the Tigers fell 1-0 at home to Spanish Springs Friday night.

“Playing on a Friday night under the lights might be something we’ll be doing more often, especially if we get the same support we had on Friday,” Douglas coach Vince Brown said. “Considering there was the big football game in Carson, we had a great turnout.”

Spanish Springs came out playing a fast and physical pace, limiting Douglas’ scoring chances and scoring the game’s only goal in the 20th minute.

“We came out stronger in the second half and more determined to get a result that will secure our playoff position,” Brown said.

Solid midfield play opened up a number of good scoring chances for Jaden Mustacchio, Eric Kleiner and Hernandez, but the ball didn’t find its way into the net.

Emilio Magana nearly evened up the score in the second half but his shot came in at too sharp an angle to squeeze past the Cougar keeper.

Francisco Sanchez had a nice game in net, turning away a number of strong scoring opportunities and Tay Simms continued his growth on the defensive side with a solid game.

“We kept on pounding the Spanish Springs area with long throws and accurate free kicks from Kleiner,” Brown said.

In the closing seconds of the game, Connor Greth slipped the ball into the net off a long throw, but the play was flagged for offsides.

“The boys are starting to show a new side to their game, a strong, physical, fast-paced game while keeping within the rules and not being affected by other teams’ tactics,” Brown said.

Douglas travels to Carson tonight at 7 p.m.