Reed got on the scoreboard first when Kendra Bujnovsky sent a corner kick into the Carson defensive box and her Raiders teammate, Deadra Harvey headed the ball into the net just inside the near post.
Unfortunately for Reed, it didn’t muster much more offense through the remainder of the game. Additionally, its lead was short lived.
Carson, the Sierra League runner-up, knotted the postseason contest at a goal apiece when Josie Daggs scored in the 25th minute.
The two teams went into halftime deadlocked at 1-1.
“Everything was fine early,” Reed coach Jason Saville said. “The buildup was good. Our defending was good. We were attacking and going right at them. We scored off the corner and had them on their heals. Then we got a little complacent. We switched off mentally. We didn’t play simple and the next thing you know it’s 1-1. That took the wind out of our sails.”
Carson (11-2-4) got the lead in the 51st minute when Lindsay Hettrick scored following a Daggs assist.
Daggs gave Carson an insurance goal at the 70-minute mark.
“The girls stayed composed after the first goal. They didn’t panic and we were able to get the win,” Carson coach Greg Lehman.”
Reed, the High Desert League’s No. 3 seed, managed just two shots in the second half. The Raiders finish their fall campaign 8-5-4.
“The girls didn’t give up,” Saville said. “They put forth a good effort tonight. We’ve got a young team, only four seniors. Hopefully, every one of the girls coming back learns from this and we get better next year.”
Carson extended its season with the win and moves into a regional semifinal against HDL champion Reno Wednesday.