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Reed, No. Valleys boys soccer squads play to draw
by Dan Eckles
Oct 19, 2012 | 2299 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Reed boys soccer team knew when it lost at McQueen Wednesday afternoon, its playoff hopes had slipped to somewhere between slim and none. However, after playing North Valleys to a 1-1 draw Friday night, the Raiders seemed to embrace a new role -- spoilers.

"We knew after the other day, our chances of making the playoffs were pretty small," Reed coach Joel Martinez said. "But we got together and talked. We said 'our season is not over. Let's go spoil it for someone else. North Valleys needed a win. I'm proud of our guys."

Reed scored the match's first goal when Gonzalo Arellano headed a ball into the net on a corner kick sequence. The Raiders' senior stopper got his goal, which came in the 25th minute, thanks to an assist from freshman Alex Reyes.

Reed's 1-0 edge did not last long. North Valleys (6-6-3) knotted the match just before halftime. In the 38th minute, Panthers junior forward Jorge Reyes scored a goal when his kid brother, Juan Reyes, served up an assist on a corner kick.

"This is three ties in a row," North Valleys coach Ian Stoddard said. "We've dropped a few points where we shouldn't have. Our boys are playing great soccer. We're doing the things we need to be doing. We're just not finishing."

Stoddard felt his team missed a few easy opportunities that could have given it the win.

"We had a couple 1-on-1 opportunities and a couple balls over the top," Stoddard said. "Reed's keeper made some nice saves and we just didn't finish on a few. That's kind of been the story of our season. But we are playing the right way. We just have to keep playing hard and hope for the best."

The tie left Reed with a record of 4-8-3.

"I think we played one of our best games tonight, but our best is still yet to come," Martinez said. "We've got one game left, at Spanish Springs, and we're coming for them. We'll come out with a good scheme and go all out."

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