That pattern continued Friday night in the first round of a rivalry match with the Spanish Springs Cougars.
While the Cougs put in the only goal of the first half, it was their two second-half goals that proved to be the deciding factor of the 3-1 victory.
“We just played better (in the second half),” SSHS girls soccer coach Mike Faker said. “We were more intense. The first half for some reason we came out really flat. Since we were flat, it just didn’t work.”
Reed controlled a lot of the possession early on in the first half, but Spanish Springs managed a couple answers that made Blue and Gold fans squirm. The last time Reed couldn’t clear the ball out of the box, it led to a Spanish Springs goal.
With the ball bouncing around the box, Makayla Long collected it, passed it over to Audrey Barham and she ripped a shot quickly and easily into the back of the net.
The 1-0 score remained until halftime, but the Raiders also had a chance to knock in a bouncing ball from in front of the goal with two and a half minutes before the break. However, the hosts were called for a handball instead.
“Outside of the three one-minute periods they scored, we were dominating all day long,” Reed girls soccer coach Jason Saville said. “I mean we out-shot them 13-2 in the first half and they’re winning 1-0. We had opportunities in the second half, and we can’t finish. Defensively, we give up soft goals. That’s what’s going to happen. People are going to make us earn ours. When we have an opportunity, we have to be able to finish because other teams are finishing their opportunities on us.”
The first three minutes of the second half was all Reed. Katelyn Raatz had a shot of hers just squirt wide of the near post two minutes into the second half.
The ball stayed on that side of the field for the next minute and during a rush on goal, Aubrie Ciesynski punched it in from just a few feet out, tying the game at 1-1 with 37:02 on the clock. Raatz was credited with the assist.
As soon as Reed tallied the equalizer, the momentum swung back to the visitors. In the 55th minute, Sam Ryckebosch launched a shot from 35 yards out and it sailed over Reed goalkeeper Stefani Pehle’s head for a 2-1 Cougars edge. Sydney Byers had the assist.
Midway through the second half, Raatz had a pair of chances from inside the box. She failed to deflect a bouncing ball cleanly and missed it wide. Minutes later, she had a shot from the right side but drilled the football goal post.
With just over five minutes left in the game, a poor goal kick by Reed was intercepted. Barham took the ball down the right side of the side, pushing her way past a defender. She centered a ball to Alyssa Bertuleit, who laced a shot into the back of the net, sealing the victory.
Spanish Springs, which was already in first place of the High Desert League, distanced itself further from its cross-town rival. The Cougars are now 7-1-1, while the Raiders are 5-3-1.
“It was a big win, especially after the way we played the first half,” SSHS girls soccer coach Mike Faker said. “We were looking at this game like if we got this win, it puts us in a good spot. The very end of our schedule is kind of tough. We have McQueen and Reed back to back, so it was important to get the first win.”
On Tuesday, Reed heads to Reno for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff, and Spanish Springs is at North Valleys for a 5:30 p.m. contest.
Spanish Springs 4, Reed 1
The Reed-Spanish Springs boys soccer rivalry has been pretty one-sided as of late. It didn’t take long for the Raiders to put the Cougars on notice Friday night.
On the flip side, it didn’t take long for Spanish Springs to show Reed it was going to need more than one goal to earn a victory.
The Cougars scored three unanswered goals in the first half and cruised to the 4-1 road win.
“We kept pressing them. That’s the whole idea, we want to press everyone,” SSHS boys soccer coach Rob Moreland said. “Because eventually they’ll break down. They were running out of gas. We could have got more, but we wanted to get our subs in.”
Less than seven minutes into the match, Kenny Malizia put Reed on the scoreboard.
In the 15th minute, SSHS senior midfielder Julio Soto provided a spark for his team. Soto laced a low free kick to the far post. Lasse Enevoldsen slid in and kicked it into the back of the net with an unstoppable shot.
Then it was Soto’s turn. Soto set up for a free kick from about 25 yards out. He took a slow, smooth approach to the ball and with seemingly very little effort, hooked his shot over the wall and into the left side of the goal for a 2-1 Cougars edge.
The Purple and Silver was not done in the first half. With under two minutes to play before intermission, SSHS forward Edwin Medina battled Reed keeper Josh Reyes for a loose ball and Medina won. With Reyes on his back, Medina just flicked in a short shot from the left side, handing the road team a 3-1 halftime edge.
In the 44th minute, Medina tackled the ball away from Reed defender Jonathan Stacy. A lack of a whistle meant Medina was free to scorch a wide-open shot past Reyes, increasing the gap to 4-1.
“We had them in the first half, but it was just three simple mistakes,” Reed boys soccer coach Joel Martinez said. “The last goal, it was a 50-50. I thought it was a foul, but it’s part of the game. If we don’t clear it, obviously something is going to happen back there. Nonetheless, I’m still proud of my boys. We still have seven, eight games left and this was a good experience for us, playing a good team like this.”
Spanish Springs improved to 7-2, while Reed fell to 2-5-1.