The Raiders were unable to capitalize on a number of scoring opportunities late in the match and fell to the Huskies, 2-0, on their home field. Reno improved to 6-4 with the win while Reed dropped to 5-2-2.
“I didn’t think we played bad but I just didn’t think we played with a lot of passion and a lot of enthusiasm today,” Reed coach Jason Saville said. “When you beat a team 4-0 the first time, I think sometimes you think it’s going to be like that the next time. We tried to tell them before the game, they were going to come out and want to revenge that loss and they did.”
Reno’s Gigi Etem hit a through ball in the 35th minute that squirted past the Reed defense and gave Ellie Small a one-on-one which she put home.
Small added an insurance goal in the 77th minute off an assist from Chelsey Hand that put the game away for the Huskies.
Trailing 1-0, Reed could not find the back of the net after numerous promising chances between the 65th and 72nd minutes.
“I don’t know how many times we have to say offensive headers have to go down. We have to make sure we capitalize on those opportunities in the six-yard box,” Saville said. “Everybody has to be crashing goals and it’s not that we’re not trying. It’s just not falling in and it didn’t fall in for us today.”
In the 72nd minute, Lindsay Marsh sent a header no more than a foot over the crossbar two minutes after Kenady Whitehead was a couple feet wide of the frame on a header of her own.
The Raiders have gone 0-2-1 in their last three games and outside of the loss, Saville was less than pleased with the condition of his team’s home field. The field took a beating 16 hours prior during the Raiders’ football win over the Lancers.
“We’re a possession team and it’s hard to possess the ball when you don’t know at the last moment if the ball is going to kick up on you or what it’s going to do,” Saville said. “It’s a travesty to have the best football team in northern Nevada playing on this and it’s certainly a travesty to have a good soccer team like this not be able to play their game because they can’t keep the ball on the floor because it’s all over the place.”
The Raiders will give their torn-up home field a break Tuesday when they travel to Carson.
Spanish Springs put 21 shots on goal against North Valleys Saturday but only found the back of the net once. That was all it needed.
The Cougars threw a shutout, allowing just two Panthers’ shots in the 1-0 HDL win and improved to 7-0-3. North Valleys, which fell to Spanish Springs 6-1 in early September, dropped to 1-8.
Breanna Prary scored what ended up being the game-winner in the 13th minute, off an assist from Regan Henry.
“We hit the post twice. It was just one of those game we couldn’t get it in the back of the net,” Spanish Springs assistant coach Kyle Kingery said. “It was frustrating more than anything, but that’s soccer. Sometimes it’s just not your day.”
Fortunately for the talented Cougars squad, it is good enough to win even when it's not scoring. Spanish Springs plays at Galena (5-2-1) Tuesday.
“Score-wise, they have had scores pretty close to ours, so it should be a good game,” Kingery said. “Every time you play Galena, it’s going to be a challenge.”