The Lancers owe Reed a “thank you” note as the Raiders beat the Huskies later that night at the east Sparks school.
McQueen trailed Reno in the standings by two points heading into Tuesday’s action. By simply outplaying Spanish Springs, the Lancers not only avenged a 3-1 defeat to the Cougars earlier this season, but they also picked up three points on the Huskies, improving to 6-4-2 with the 2-1 victory at SSHS.
McQueen and Spanish Springs were locked up in a scoreless tie for more than half of the first half.
In the 24th minute, Taylor Owens sent a line drive cross to Katja Hermann, who one-timed the pass for the game’s first goal.
“They have some fast kids up top, so we tried to focus on defending them and it seemed like we got too deep. So then stuff was landing in front of us, and they were getting to everything. We weren’t pushing up enough in the midfield,” SSHS girls soccer coach Mike Faker said.
It took 11 more minutes, but Spanish Springs finally earned the equalizer in the 35th minute. Andrea Jimenez crossed a pass into the middle of the box, finding Audrey Barham’s foot. Barham tied it up with a goal, sending the rivals into halftime tied at 1-1.
Only one team found the back of the net in the second half and it wasn’t the team the home crowd hoped.
With 15:25 left on the clock, Hermann received a long ball ahead of the pack and took off on a breakaway. She took a tough angle shot and drilled the inside of the par post, but the shot bounced straight out instead of into the goal.
However, the Lancers got another breakaway chance minutes later and didn’t miss. McQueen went on the attack with precision passing up field. Bailey Allison deflected a pass on the run up ahead to Katy Hufford, who sprinted past the Cougars and scored an easy go-ahead goal with 11:29 to play in the game.
The Cougars dominated the teams’ first meeting at the northwest Reno school, only allowing an own goal, so Tuesday night was disappointing.
“I don’t even know what to say. I don’t know what happened,” Faker said. “I think they cared. We just had some mental issues with some stuff. Maybe there was too much pressure because that was kind of a must-win game.”
Fourth-place Spanish Springs (4-6-2) hosts Carson at 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Reed 3, Reno 1
At Reed, the host Raiders completed a sweep of the season series against the Huskies, thanks to Tuesday night’s triumph.
Reno did score first, knocking a ball in the goal at the 38-minute mark. But Reed made sure it did not trail at the half. The Raiders scored a minute later on a Taylor Wiebke goal after a Laura Barrett assist.
The halftime score was 1-1. Reed handled the second-half scoring chores with goals in the 53rd and 59th minutes. Katelyn Raatz got an assist from Kennady Whitehead for the 53rd minute goal while Wiebke got an assist from Aubrie Ciesynski for the Raiders’ last score.
Reed is now 5-3-4 in league play, tied for second with Reno, which has an identical record.
“It’s tight but we control our own destiny which is nice,” Reed coach Jason Saville said, alluding to his team’s goal of winning a High Desert League title. “I guess it’s up for grabs.
Reed hosts Damonte Ranch Saturday at 11 a.m.