Shot after shot by the Raiders missed their marks. But they didn’t get down; and when that first goal finally found the back of the net, the floodgates opened and Reed cruised to a 4-2 league win at McQueen.
“We had five or six shots before we got one to go in. It looked like one of those games where we’re not finishing and they get a free kick or some sort of lucky break, and the next thing you know we’re down 1-0 after dominating the game,” Reed girls soccer coach Jason Saville said. “It was nice to get on the board first. We might not win games, but we rarely lose games when we score first. So it was good to get a lead and get another one right after.”
Reed found itself in front of the McQueen goal several times in the first half, only to see the shots miss the mark. In the 34th minute, Katelyn Raatz broke the scoreless tie, four minutes after having a shot of hers from point-blank range deflected above the goal.
With six minutes left in the half, Raatz stayed onside on a run and received a through ball from Kennady Whitehead. Raatz stopped on a dime, cut back to her left and scored with her left foot.
With under two minutes to play in the first half, there was a loose ball rolling toward the top of the McQueen box. Whitehead was in a race for the ball with the Lancers’ keeper and Whitehead won. Whitehead dribbled once to the right and deposited a shot into the back of the goal for a 2-0 halftime lead.
Reed doubled its lead with two perfect crosses that rolled all the way through the box from one side to the other near the midway point of the second half.
In the 56th minute, Taylor Wiebke sent a cross from the right side of the field and Vanessa Arzaluz buried a shot into the back of the net. Soon after, Hannah McCollum got a cross from the left side of the field and gave the Raiders a 4-0 lead with 20 minutes remaining in the game.
However, the Lancers kept their own pressure on the visitors. With 11 minutes to play, Nayla Garcia unleashed a shot from 23 yards out that sailed into the top far corner where Reed goalkeeper Stefani Pehle could not reach.
Five minutes later, McQueen (5-7-2) hit the post on a shot that could have made it a 4-2 game.
The hosts did cut the deficit to two with two minutes on the clock when Renee Palermo was taken down from behind in the box, earning a penalty kick. Palermo made the PK look easy, going top right corner for a goal.
In stoppage time, Palermo had a breakaway, but pushed her shot just wide.
“When it got to 3 and 4-0, we got some kids some playing time, trying some things that we’re trying to work on for the playoffs,” Saville said. “We were a little rusty on a couple things that we’re working on. I thought our possession was good and our determination was good. Passing to feet was good.”
Reed (7-5-2) is still trying to earn a No. 2 seed for the playoffs and will host North Valleys Thursday night at 6 p.m.
At Hug, Kiley Diesner scored the first of three goals in the third minute and the Cougars were never seriously threatened as about half the normal starting lineup sat the entire game against the Hawks.
Diesner gave the visitors a 2-0 lead at the break when she scored in the 32nd minute.
In the 48th minute, Michelle McKenzie found the back of the net for a goal to go along with her assist on Diesner's first marker.
Diesner completed her hat trick and capped the game's scoring in the 76th minute thanks to an assist from Taylor Kern.
Backup Spanish Springs keeper Caitlyn Silva saw very little action as Hug managed three shots in the game.
"We're still working on being first to the ball and working on our intensity and playing the right type of soccer," SSHS girls soccer coach Mike Faker said.
Spanish Springs (10-2-2) closes out its regular season with home games against McQueen and Reed on Saturday and Monday respectively.