In the 66th minute, Kenady Whitehead corralled a loose ball and fired a 25-yard missile into the back of the net for the lone score of the game.
“Thankfully, we got that goal in at the end because certainly I thought we deserved it with the amount of possession and chances on goal we had,” Reed coach Jason Saville said. “But we gave them a tie up there where we should have won and it looked for a long time like it was going to happen the same way.”
In the team’s first meeting of the season, last month, McQueen scored on a penalty kick in the final minute to walk away with a draw.
Saville was displeased with his team’s inability to take advantage of numerous scoring chances Saturday.
One of the opportunities Saville alluded to came in the 53rd minute. Whitehead earned a Raider corner kick after her shot from the top of the box deflected off a McQueen defender and over the crossbar.
Kendra Bujnovsky sent the resulting corner into the middle of the box where it bounced around for several seconds and two shots were deflected by the McQueen goalie before the Lancers finally cleared the ball.
“It’s not because we’re not moving the ball well and it’s not because the team isn’t doing what it's supposed to do, it’s that final finish, or finding the right ball to give us another opportunity to finish. That’s what is letting us down,” Saville said.
The win capped a wacky week for the Raiders, who had the week off from school but played four games in six days, winning three of those contests.
Reed (7-4-3) plays at North Valleys Tuesday.
At Spanish Springs, the Cougars had no problem handling the Hawks in a 7-0 win.
After struggling to score as of late, Spanish Springs coach Mike Faker made a few adjustments to his offense’s philosophy. It worked. The Cougars out-shot the Hawks 27-2 in the blowout.
“We just changed a few things and it seemed to work. We found our rhythm,” Faker said. “We haven’t been able to get on the same page and now I think we’re going to be able to do that.”
Audrey Barham finished with a hat trick (29th, 70th and 76th minutes) and Samantha Ryckebosch scored twice (8th and 47th minutes).
Kiley Diesner (18th minute) and Halee Morgan (25th minute) scored the Cougars other two goals.
The Cougars play at McQueen Tuesday.