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Soccer Roundup: Mixed results for Sparks squads
by Tribune Staff
Sep 08, 2013 | 1533 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed goalkeeper Stefanie Pehle tries to corral a loose ball in the Raiders' defensive box while a Douglas forward pursues the action during Saturday's prep soccer battle at RHS..
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed goalkeeper Stefanie Pehle tries to corral a loose ball in the Raiders' defensive box while a Douglas forward pursues the action during Saturday's prep soccer battle at RHS..
The Reed boys soccer team scored the first three goals of its match against Douglas and held on for a 3-2 home win in a Northern 4A cross league game Saturday.

Reed got off to a strong start, grabbing a 2-0 lead less than five minutes into the match. Reed scored in the first minute of action after Brian Segura got an assist from Julio Cortez for a quick 1-0 edge. Then, in the fourth minute, Adrian Lopez was given an assist by Segura and Reed had jumped on its opponents from Minden-Gardnerville, 2-0.

The 2-0 margin remained into halftime, but Reed still had the momentum early in the second half. Lopez tacked on the Raiders' third goal at the 47-minute mark. Kenny Malizia garnered that assist.

Minutes later, the Douglas offense began to show signs of life. The visiting Tigers trimmed Reed's lead to one, 3-2, after they scored in the 60th and 73rd minutes.

Reed's defense stiffened in the final seven minutes of play, holding off the charging Tigers and keeping the final 3-2 margin intact.

The Raiders (1-0) are in action again on Monday when they host Div. I-A Spring Creek for a non-conference contest at 5:30 p.m.

"We're excited to get that first win," Reed coach Joel Martinez said. "We just dominated the first half. In the second half, we had some meltdowns, but we did capitalize and got that third goal. We made some simple mistakes that we can work on and adjust. We'll be ready for that next game."

At Spanish Springs, the host Cougars found the net three times while their guests from Wooster turned that trick only once. Unfortunately for Spanish Springs, it gave Wooster an own goal and had to settle for a 2-2 tie in the season-opening boys prep soccer battle for both schools Saturday.

Spanish Springs took a 1-0 lead when Brandon Varela scored in the 17th minute. Five minutes later, a Cougars' kick ended up in their defensive net for the own goal and score was deadlocked at a goal apiece.

Wooster forged ahead 2-1 with a goal in the 51st minute. However, the Cougars had plenty of fight left. Ricardo Camacho knotted the crossover league match at 2-2 when he fired a direct kick, from just outside the box into the left corner of the net in the 74th minute.

Omar Trujillo racked up seven saves in goal for the SSHS crew.

"Our guys are playing pretty good," Cougars coach Rob Moreland said. "We were rusty, it being our first game out. We're still pushing guys around, trying to see who fits where the best. Our touch with the long ball is not quite there yet ... And our fitness is not there yet either. Wooster was dying pretty good and at the end. We're lucky we have a deep bench and were really pressing toward the end."

Spanish Springs is at North Valleys Wednesday for a High Desert League tilt at 5:30 p.m.

On the girls side, Spanish Springs had little trouble dispatching Wooster. The host Cougars scored three unanswered goals before the intermission and cruised to a 5-0 crossover league victory Saturday.

"I thought we played fairly well," SSHS coach Mike Faker said. "We didn't connect as well as I would've liked, but we've been practicing inside for two weeks, so I guess that's to be expected.

"It was good to get outside. The nice thing was it was against Wooster, so we got to try some things and get everyone some playing time. That's a positive, but it hasn't been good to be inside for so long. It's hurt our progression.

The SSHS girls squad (1-0) is at North Valleys for a conference clash Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

The other girls game involving a Sparks-area school was at Reed Saturday morning. The host Raiders were dumped by perennial North power Douglas, 5-0.

The visiting Tigers scored in the 10th and 21st minutes en route to taking a 2-0 lead into halftime. The guests proceeded to pull away after the break, tallying goals in the 55th, 56th and 77th minutes to account for the final five-goal gap.

"Douglas is good," Reed coach Jason Saville said. "I don't want to take anything away from what happened. I don't want to slight them at all. But certainly I feel there are things we allowed them to do that on a different day and at a different time we can correct.

"They're big and strong and fast. They're first to every ball and loaded with confidence. Today, all those things took over."

Reed returns to the pitch for a 3:30 p.m. HDL match at Reno Tuesday.

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