Reed started its league campaign 5-1-1, but Tuesday's loss, the Raiders' third straight defeat, drops the RHS club to 5-4-1 and into third place in the High Desert League's standings.
"We're presenting the other team with presents," Reed coach Jason Saville said, alluding to his team giving up easy goals to opponents. "We train hard and prepare and then we give up silly goals. That just rips your heart out and it's tough to recover."
On Tuesday, Reed followed that script and found itself staring at a two-goal deficit just six minutes into the conference clash. Reno's junior forward Michelle Wham scored an unassisted goal for the Huskies in the fifth minute. A minute later, Reno had a 2-0 lead when sophomore Ellie Small tallied a goal, thanks to an assist from Morgan Beye.
"It was nice to come out and finish those goals, to score quickly," Reno coach Shelly Avansino said. "We've struggled in the past with coming out and showing early intensity. To score two goals in the first six minutes was huge.
"When you score early, it does take some pressure off, but there was still a lot of time left. I was pleased we did not let down. We had to keep our composure."
Reed stopped its defensive hemorrhaging for a while but Reno wasn't done scoring. The Huskies extended their edge to 3-0 when senior Maggie Boucher drilled a shot in the back of the net at the 30-minute mark. Cecily Rooker gave away the assist on Reno's third goal.
The two teams battled through a scoreless second half. Reed even had long stretches where it dominated play and kept possession in Reno's defensive zone during the second 40 minutes. But still, Reed could not manage to score.
Huskies goalkeeper Taylee Weight recorded the shutout by snaring eight saves.
"I don't expect our defense to give up more than one goal and it's the third straight game where we've given up three or more," Saville said. "At the same time, our offense is not getting more than one goal. We can't make excuses. We have to work harder and overcome obstacles.
"We passed the ball and I thought out-played them in the second half, but we still didn't score. It's just hard to come back when somebody's got a three-goal lead."
Reno, which tied Reed 3-3 in the first meeting between the two schools last month, started league play with a lackluster 1-3-2 mark through its first six matches. The Huskies have hit their stride over the past two weeks, winning their last four outings.
"We've gotten a few players back from injuries and illness," Avansino said. "We're coming together as a team and we're doing it at the right time in the season. We're getting better and that can be hard to do in the middle of the season. I'm proud of these girls."
Reed will try to shake out of its funk when it returns to the soccer pitch Saturday. Reed will host Carson at 1 p.m.
*At North Valleys, Spanish Springs racked up another league win by downing its NVHS hosts, 2-0.
The short-handed Cougars (8-1-1) used just 12 players in the win as Cougars coach Mike Faker saw Tuesday's tilt as a chance to get five starters an extra day off, getting some rest for the weary and an expanded break for a few more nursing injuries.
"I felt good about our play," Faker said. "We have a tough three games coming up, all back to back. So I rested five kids. They didn't play at all. We've been practicing pretty hard and those kids are kids that don't get much rest. I let everybody else go at it and they did pretty well."
Spanish Springs took a 1-0 lead when Taylor Kern scored at the 20-minute mark. Michele McKenzie gave away the assist.
The Cougars' second score came in the 45th minute. Kylie Diesner handled those scoring honors by posting an unassisted goal.
"Our defense was all changed up," Faker said. "We only had two of our starting defensive backs so it was nice to get the shutout. We didn't have any of our starting midfielders. It was nice to see those back-up kids play a lot. We passed the ball really well."
Spanish Springs will play again Saturday, at home against Galena. First kick is set for 1 p.m.