Reed had dropped its last three matches and in the two tilts prior to the losing skid, Reed settled for ties. So when the final whistle sounded on Tuesday's triumph, the RHS club was elated.
"Damonte Ranch is pretty good. They had beaten Manogue twice and they're a physical team," Reed coach Jason Saville said. "A win is a win. Whether it was Damonte, Hug, Spanish Springs, whoever, it doesn't matter. We needed to stop the bleeding and we did that tonight."
Despite a lackluster start through the early minutes of play, Reed managed to find the scoring column. Kendra Bujnovsky put the ball in the back of the net for the Raiders in the 15th minute. Aubrie Ciesynski provided the assist.
The 1-0 score stayed intact into halftime, but Reed didn't waste any time after the break finding the scoring column again. Just four minutes into the second half, Reed tallied its second score. Danielle Uptain scored the 44th-minute goal for the Raiders after Bujnovsky gave away the assist.
"Through the first 15 minutes or so it looked like it was going to be bad," Saville said. "We came out flat. Things were slow. We were having a hard time keeping the ball. Then we scored the goal after we got to run a play. That woke us up and made us feel pretty good about. From there we played much better and got a couple more opportunities. Then we came right out of the gates in the second half and scored the second goal. That took the air out of Damonte's sails and we certainly were able to possess the ball and dictate whatever we needed."
Reed improved to 5-4-3 with the victory. The Raiders, who lost 2-1 at Galena Monday, will have their stamina tested. On Wednesday, they go to Hug for a third match in as many days. First kick is scheduled for 7 p.m.
At Spanish Springs, a late offensive onslaught by the Carson girls proved too much for the host Cougars. The end result was a 3-1 Senators win.
Neither team scored in the first half or the initial 10 minutes of the second half, but the offensive fireworks got going from there. Spanish Springs took a 1-0 lead when Audrey Barham scored at the 50-minute mark after Kirsten Lealtad contributed an assist.
Unfortunately for Spanish Springs, the lead was short-lived. Carson tied the match three minutes later on a Valerie Sue Meyer goal. The visiting Senators took a 2-1 edge in the 67th minute after they got a goal from Kiahna Pimental. The guests proceeded to tack on an insurance goal with two minutes remaining in the contest. Mayra Oliveras handled the scoring chores on the third CHS goal.
Spanish Springs (6-3-3), which was held to just three shots on goal in Tuesday's defeat, will return to the pitch Saturday when it hosts Hug at 11 a.m.
In Div. I-A North League action, the Sparks girls found themselves on the short end of a 1-0 home loss to Lowry High of Winnemucca.
The match's only offense came early. Buckaroos forward Monique Rodriguez scored the lone goal of the match at the 5-minute mark.
Sparks had multiple chances to at least earn a draw, but it sent one open look just wide to the right and another right into the Lowry goalkeeper's arms. On the flip side, Lowry peppered shots on the Sparks goal, but was turned away time and again by Railroaders freshman goalkeeper Senifa Po'oi, who racked up 21 saves in the losing effort.
"She is really doing a good job," Sparks coach Jerry Miller said. "Without her, we would've been much worse off. She was very aggressive to the ball. She comes out well and is pretty sure handed. She understands where to be in goal. She's mature for her age. She's freshman but better than some seniors in the league. Some coaches have said she's the best they've seen this year. She's definitely one of our best assets."
Next up for the Sparks girls is a 6 p.m. match Friday at Dayton.
In local boys soccer action, Sparks had no trouble rolling to a 9-0 Div. I-A North League romp at Lowry in Winnemucca. Sparks was never threatened as it ripped off seven goals in the first 27 minutes of play.
Ruben Pacheco scored four times for Sparks and Juan Hernandez added a trio of goals to the Railroaders' winning cause. Edwin Navarro and Christian Moron also tacked on goals for Sparks in the lopsided affair.
The Railroaders, who got off 31 shots on the Buckaroos' goal, improved to 11-1 overall and 10-1 in conference clashes following Tuesday's road win.
The Sparks defense was impressive too as it pitched its seventh shutout of the fall campaign. The Railroaders have allowed only five goals all year.
Sparks suits up again Friday when it plays at Dayton at 3 p.m.