In the 17th minute, Reed broke a scoreless tie with a run started and ended by midfielder Kennady Whitehead.
Whitehead sent a long pass ahead through the defense to forward Taylor Wiebke on the right side of the field. Wiebke sent a perfect cross along the ground to the front of the goal, but the initial shot was whiffed on. The ball bounced around a little and was pushed out toward the top of the box where Whitehead was waiting. Whitehead squirted a shot into the left side of the goal past a diving goalkeeper. Aubrie Ciesynski was credited with the assist.
Each team had their chances at picking up a goal in the following minutes, but it took 16 and a half minutes for the next goal to be registered.
Following a foul near midfield, Whitehead tapped the direct kick ahead to defender Kendra Bujnovsky, who sent a long ball over the top of the defense. The McQueen keeper ran out to get the ball, but she couldn’t gain possession. Laura Barrett was there to punch a shot toward the far post. Instead of waiting to see if the slow roller would cross the goal line, she followed her shot, sliding in to kick it into the back of the net for a 2-0 score with 7:20 on the first-half clock.
The Raiders weren’t about to go into halftime with only a two-goal edge.
Ciesynski crossed a pass through the box and Lindsay Marsh was there for the one-timer with under two minutes to play before the break.
It didn’t take long for the Lancers to cut into the 3-0 lead.
Barely two minutes into the second half, Bailey Allison rifled a shot inside the far post for a 3-1 score.
With 18 and a half minutes remaining on the clock, Emma McGinnis stole a ball from a Reed defender and ripped a shot from outside the box, drilling the crossbar.
The Lancers maintained the pressure the rest of the contest, but the Blue and Gold avoided any further damage.
“There was just a complete breakdown. We thought the game was over at halftime, and we felt it should have been a lot worse at halftime,” Reed girls soccer coach Jason Saville said. “I think we thought we would come out and everything would be the same, but it wasn’t the same. We got an early wake-up call, and that gave (McQueen) some momentum. They pushed us in the second half.
“We bent once, but we didn’t break. We stepped away from what was working for us in the first half, and that was a lot of possession, a lot of one and two touch. Unfortunately, we could have killed the game off in the first half. It could have been 5-0. We just need to learn to put a team away when we have them.”
Reed is back in action at 11 a.m. Saturday at North Valleys.
Spanish Springs 6, Hug 0
There wasn’t much drama Tuesday night at SSHS. The Cougars tallied five first-half goals in an outcome that could have been expected.,
It took under two minutes for the hosts to get on the board when Alyssa Bertuleit dribbled in and scored in the second minute.
In the 23rd minute, Taylor Kern made it a 2-0 game thanks to an assist by Samantha Ryckebosch.
Then Audrey Barham scored back-to-back goals in the 30th and 31st minutes. Bertuleit had the assist on the first one, while Makayla Long contributed the helper for the second.
Barham returned the favor to Long in the 40th minute, closing out the first-half scoring.
Five minutes into the second half, Long capped the scoring in the game.
“We had some issues with injuries, and we played a bunch of girls in different spots tonight,” SSHS girls soccer coach Mike Faker said. “They all played pretty well. It was a good win.”
Spanish Springs (4-1-1) is scheduled to play at McQueen Friday night.