“It’s a big, big win for us,” Reed coach Joel Martinez said. “It puts us back in it … I talked them before the game, and we have been talking to them about it since last Wednesday. It’s about pride right now. If they’re not going to play with that, and show that out here, they’re not going to win.”
The Raiders started the day tied for the fourth, and final, playoff spot with North Valleys.
Robert Jacuinde put Reed on the scoreboard in the fifth minute. The scored remained 1-0 until the Lancers’ Sergio Quintero scored the first of his two goals in the 34th minute.
McQueen’s lead was short-lived as Julio Cortez put Reed back in front two minutes later.
Anthony Chinchilla added an insurance goal in the 67th minute and Adrian Lopez drilled home a penalty kick three minutes later to put the game away.
The Raiders relaxed after the goal and allowed Quintero’s second goal of the match two minutes later.
“It’s just mental mistakes,” Martinez said.
Jacuinde capped off the breakout performance in the 78th minute with his second goal of the match. Following a McQueen header, Jacuinde went the length of the field and sent the ball past McQueen’s goalie.
The Raiders (6-8-1) play their biggest game of the season Wednesday at North Valleys.
“That pretty much is our playoff game right there,” Martinez said.
At Spanish Springs, the Cougars (12-0-2) remained undefeated in a 4-1 win over Hug.
The Cougars allowed a fourth-minute goal to Hug, which left them trailing in a game for the first time this season.
After trailing for 24 minutes, Ricardo Camacho had enough. In the 28th minute, the SSHS senior corralled a deflected ball off the Hug goalie and sent it home. One minute later, he did the same thing to put the Cougars in front 2-1.
Despite what could be construed as a slow start by Cougars standards, coach Rob Moreland did not see it that way. Moreland thought his team had a number of opportunities earlier in the half that his Cougars were unable to take advantage of.
“It was our first time being down and the boys showed maturity and didn’t panic,” Moreland said. “They showed maturity. We needed that.”
Victor Garcia (45 minute) and Manny Medina (59th minute) added the Cougars’ final two tallies. Spanish Springs puts its undefeated record back on the line Wednesday at McQueen.