It almost happened again though. Trailing two games to one, the Raiders rallied to claim Games 4 and 5 to secure the non-league victory: 25-20, 17-25, 19-25, 25-19, 15-9.
The fourth game was the first game in which the team that scored first actually won. Luckily for Reed, it broke that pattern and was able to work its way into a decisive fifth game.
After building a 7-2 edge in Game 4, Reed watched the Senators record five unanswered points to tie the game at 7-7. Carson was coming off a Game 3 in which runs of 9-1 and 5-0 helped the visitors take a 2-1 lead in the match.
However, the Raiders were able to maintain the momentum in the fourth, pushing the lead back up to 14-7 following their own big rally.
But Reed (7-8) could not hold onto that cushion as Carson roared back and knotted it at 17-17 with the help of four Angela Augusta kills during a 6-0 spurt.
The young Raiders squad did not wither away though and tallied eight of the final 10 points in the fourth game to push it to a fifth game in which they had to battle back once again.
"I thought they did a good job keeping their consistency up," Reed volleyball coach Kristen Flagtvedt said. "When they got down, they kept playing hard, which was evident by us getting the win. They never gave in the entire game."
Carson past the halfway mark before Reed even got going in Game 5. Trailing 8-3, the Blue and Gold needed to find a spark and it did, tying the score at 8-8 with five unanswered points.
After Carson scored the next point, which happened to be its final point of the match, the Raiders put together a string of seven points together with the help of the Senators for the win.
All seven points in the game-winning rally came on Carson mistakes, ranging from miss-hits to touching the net.
In fact, Senators miscues accounted for many of Reed's points, which can be seen in the home team's low kills total.
Kendra Davis led the way with eight kills. Olivia Emerson had six kills, and Sierra Hooft and Ciarra Ioli had five in the winning cause. Kyndal Comphel had a team-high nine assists.
Reed starts the High Desert League season Thursday at home against McQueen.
•All the action was in the first 10 minutes of Tuesday night's non-league girls soccer clash of the titans.
After Reed senior Kelsey Gomer scored on a rebound thanks to an assist by Alissa Marshall in the fourth minute, Carson scored the equalizer from 30 yards out on an unstoppable shot.
The score remained 1-1 for the next 70 minutes and the two teams settled for a draw.
"It's a process, and we take these non-league games seriously because we hate to lose," Reed girls soccer coach Jason Saville said. "We're still working out the kinks. When you play a team like Carson who is a perennial powerhouse and is well-coached with great players, all you can do is come out and play with them. The result was a fair result."
The Raiders soccer team also opens league play with the Lancers but it must wait until Saturday at 11 a.m. to start its quest for a league title.