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Reed holds off Spanish Springs in boys soccer
by Aaron Retherford
Sep 26, 2009 | 1078 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/John Byrne - Reed's Marco Licciardi (in blue) tries to push Spanish Springs defender Jose Martinez off the ball Saturday.
Tribune/John Byrne - Reed's Marco Licciardi (in blue) tries to push Spanish Springs defender Jose Martinez off the ball Saturday.
Playing without the direction of their head coach due to an ejection during Friday night's 4-2 loss to Elko, the Cougar boys could easily have been overmatched Saturday afternoon.

However, the team rallied around assistant coach Russell Growvatt despite playing its second game in about a 20-hour span.

It still wasn't enough though as Reed secured a 3-2 league victory thanks to a pair of second-half goals, keeping Spanish Springs winless on the fall campaign.

In the 18th minute, Reed's K.C. Campbell took a free kick from the 45-yard line that was perfectly placed in front of the goal for Rica Martinez to get a head on it and redirect it for the game's initial marker.

While Reed had several more good chances in front of the goal, Spanish Springs keeper Kevin O'Kuinghttons stood his ground and made save after save, including an impromptu kick save.

But late in the second half, the Raiders started breaking through. With under 18 minutes to go in the game, Martinez assisted on a Dylan Valentine goal to make it 2-0.

Four minutes later, Cisco Herrea launched a long throw-in that resembled a corner kick and Rawlin McCubbins knocked it in for a 3-0 edge.

Once the Raiders subbed in some of their bench players, breakdowns in the back enabled the Cougars to sneak in a pair of goals.

In the 73rd minute, Julio Soto had the ball with no teammates around him, so he just took it to the goal himself and cut the deficit to 3-1.

Four minutes later, four players including Reed keeper Luca Licciardi collided while going for a bouncing ball and Irvin Somera was there to put the ball into the back of the net, accounting for the final 3-2 margin.

"We played better than a 3-2 game," Reed boys soccer coach Jeff Valentine said. "The win is huge. That puts us right back up on top. We still have a lot of things to work on. We've got two games next week against Reno and North Valleys that are fighting for first place, too. So those should be good games.

"Our starters did an excellent job getting us the 3-0 lead. We gave it up with a couple of our subs, but that's OK because they need work, too."

Reed (5-4-3, 2-0-2 HDL) travels to Reno Wednesday, while Spanish Springs (0-6-1, 0-5 HDL) hosts Sparks in a non-league contest at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
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