In one of the first cool and gusty days of the season, the Huskies and Raiders both struggled in the first half, and were knotted at 0-0 for the majority of the half. While scoreless, Reno dominated on Reed’s defensive territory.
“In the first half it was Hurricane Hugo out here,” Reed coach Jason Saville said. “We couldn’t possess the ball. We were trying to play direct but the wind was knocking it down. It is what it is.”
With just seconds left in the half, Reno’s Susan Alaei got the best of Reed with a goal that just passed under RHS goalkeeper Danielle Peacon for a 1-0 lead heading into the half.
“We came out and we knew that today was an important game for the girls for our league standings,” Reno coach Shelly Brown said. “We came in today with the idea that we needed to win today. That’s what the girls did. I feel like we controlled the whole game.”
Reno (5-2, 4-1 High Desert League) came out and scored in the first 20 seconds of the second half to put Reed on its heels, down 2-0. Reno’s Maggie Boucher chipped a long shot over Peacon for the score.
Reed (3-4-1, 2-3-1 HDL) got on the board in the 50th minute of the game. Reed’s Jessie Eiting took a free kick from 30 yards out, with the wind in her favor, to put Reed on the scoreboard trailing 2-1.
“They were a better team than what they’ve been showing at least in terms of scores,” Saville said on Reno. “I didn’t expect it to be a cakewalk by any means but I didn’t expect them to be playing the game that they played today. My hat’s off to them.”
The third Reno goal came on a defensive breakdown and Reed miscue. Peacon came out of goal to block a Reno shot. However, the Huskies were able to get off a pass, and on a rebound, got a short shot from Boucher to go on top 3-1 with eight minutes left.
“Our girls played differently today in the way that they played calm. They played together as a team and we were able to dominate,” Brown said.
Reed travels to North Valleys on Saturday. Saville said that he had three starters who were unable to play against Reno Tuesday.
“We’ve just got to get healthy and we have to go forward,” Saville said. “Right now we’re not worried about league anymore. It’s all about the last three games. So we’ve got to get some kids healed and we’re looking forward to the playoffs if we get there.”