The Raiders won their pool at Galena’s annual tournament over the weekend and then opened the regular season by wiping the field with North Tahoe Monday night.
Reed put up two goals within the first nine minutes and cruised to a 7-0 non-league victory in front of the first home crowd of the season at the east Sparks school.
“I know we’re better than that. We had a lot of missed opportunities, but there wasn’t one kid out of the 22-player roster who didn’t play tonight, so it was nice,” Reed boys soccer coach Jeff Valentine said.
Reed scored nine goals in four games at the preseason tourney, but the floodgates really crashed open against the Lakers.
Senior forward Dylan Valentine, the team’s leading scorer for the past two seasons, opened the regular season scoring with a goal two minutes into Monday night’s game. Valentine took a pass about 35 yards out, flipped the ball over the defender on the run and buried his shot into the back of the net for the initial 1-0 lead.
In the ninth minute, a battle for a loose ball led to Gonzalo Arellano collecting and depositing it into the back of the net, increasing the edge to 2-0 for the home team in blue.
Reed had plenty of chances to add onto its edge but nothing found the mark until there was 6:18 left on the first-half clock. Alex McPartland launched a shot from long range with enough pace that even though the North Tahoe keeper got both hands on it, the ball sailed into the far corner of the goal.
The Raiders enjoyed that 3-0 advantage at the intermission,
Reed more than doubled its lead when three different Raiders added second-half goals.
After missing high from short range and then being denied by a kick save, Valentine made sure the third time was a charm in the 50th minute. Valentine scored with his left foot, increasing Reed’s lead to 4-0.
Five minutes later, Christian Martinez made it look easy with his goal for a 5-0 score.
With about 10 and a half minutes left in the game, freshman Adrain Lopez had the ball on the attack and went left side with a low shot for the Raiders’ sixth marker of the game.
Reed added one more goal in the 77th minute on Martinez’s second tally of the game.
The defense was rarely threatened in the shutout.
“That’s a huge thing. Our defense grew from last year,” Jeff Valentine said. “We played in the Galena tournament and to only give up two goals so far was huge for our defense because that was our biggest problem last year. One year really helped them grow and we have a lot more scoring options than last year when we only had one.”
The Raiders (1-0-0) begin league action Wednesday when they host Douglas at 7 p.m.