“We don't look by anybody,” Reed coach Jason Saville said. “The way Hug played Spanish Springs and the way Hug played Reno we knew that they were an improved team.”
Reed (2-2-1, 2-1 High Desert League) was able to get all of its players involved in the match and get some of the bench players some experience and playing time.
“Everybody contributed tonight, from the player that never plays to the player that plays every minute of every game,” Saville said. “It was a good team win.
“This is what is enjoyable about soccer. It's not one or two or even three players. It took everybody tonight to get a win tonight. Everybody got to play and play a lot and I'm happy about that.”
The Reed starters, however, handled the goal-scoring aspect for the Raiders. Kelsey Gomer and Alissa Marshall both posted hat tricks while Jordan Sambrano tallied two for Reed.
“One thing we work on at practice, almost on a daily basis, is possessing the ball,” Saville said. “That's what we worked on yesterday. We worked on finishing. We worked on movement off the ball and it showed today.”
Sambrano scored first for the Raiders in the fifth minute to give her squad an early 1-0 lead.
Reed scored another goal about five minutes later, but it was called back for an off-sides penalty.
Reed rallied two minutes later as Gomer scored on an assist from Sambrano to go ahead 2-0. Gomer scored again on a breakaway in the 18th minute that led to a 3-0 halftime lead for the Raiders.
After the break, Marshall scored her first goal off of a penalty kick in the 49th minute of play.
Two minutes later, Gomer got her third goal of the game to push the Raiders ahead 5-0.
The Raiders, who had 28 shots on goal were no match for the Hawks. In the 59th minute, Marshall hit the Hawks for the Raiders' sixth score of the game.
Sambrano took a shot, banking off the right post but got her own bounce to volley the ball into the left side of the net, posting a 7-0 lead with 14 minutes left.
Marshall picked up the final score, as the Raiders had several shots bounce off the goal, goalie and Hug defenders before Marshall finally put it in for the game, and the hat trick.
Reed will square off with Spanish Springs at SSHS on Saturday at 11 a.m.
“We're going to obviously have to bring our 'A' game again on Saturday, against a really good Spanish Springs team. Hopefully we can pass the ball, have a good first touch like we did tonight, possess the ball like we did and finish like we did tonight, then I like our chances.”
The Cougars suffered a loss in Elko Tuesday, falling 3-1 to the host Indians.
The Cougars trailed by two at half, and finally got a score in the 67th minute by Shaylor Francom.
"We made two big mistakes in the back," Spanish Springs coach Mike Faker said "They had a fast kid up there and we made some mistakes."
Faker explained that his team is still working on its personnel on the defensive side of things.
Even though the score didn't necessarily show it, the Cougars had good possession in the second half and dominated most of it, Faker said.
Elko's final score came late in the game on a high shot from about 30 yards out that most keepers would not be able to stop, Faker explained.
The Cougars (6-2-1, 3-1 HDL) will take on three-time defending state champions, the Reed Raiders, at home on Saturday.
Faker said they expect Reed to play a similar game to what Elko plays. The Cougars had not been scored on yet in league play, Faker said, and Elko tallied up three from some serious SSHS errors.
“We definitely have to work that out before Saturday,” Faker said. “If we play the way we played today, we'll get scored on.”
The Sparks Railroaders started off league Tuesday, visiting North Tahoe, and came away with a 1-1 tie.
"That was big for us," Sparks coach Jerry Miller said. "This is my third year at Sparks and we've never had that much success against a Tahoe school."
North Tahoe scored early in the game on a 25-yard shot in the ninth minute of play.
Miller said North Tahoe dominated the majority of the game, posting 30 shots on goal. Nora Valenzuela recorded 13 saves for the Railroaders.
“She really kept us in the game,” Miller said.
Danae Soto tied up the game in the 64th minute, thanks to an assist by Andrea Gumina.
Miller said that his squad had a few chances to win the game, like a late corner kick that ended up on the ground in front of the goal that Sparks just couldn't finish.
Sparks (5-1-2, 0-1 3A) has a week off before playing Truckee on Tuesday at home.
"We have a lot of kids that are sick with the flu and cold," Miller said. "We sounded like an emphysema ward on the field. We have some injuries as well. In that time we hope to get healthy and work a little harder on covering the defensive midfield area."