Reed's senior forward Kelsey Gomer had two hat tricks, scoring six goals in the lopsided win and senior teammate Jessica Allen scored a goal and gave away a trio of assists to help the winning cause.
“It looks like the Kelsey Gomer and Jessica Allen show, but if our defense doesn't play well and our midfielders don't possess and pass well, it doesn't look so good,” Reed coach Jason Saville said. “It takes a team to do that. Whether we win 8-2 or lose 8-2 we win and lose as a team.”
The Raiders wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. Linnette Jessup put up an unassisted goal in the first minute of the match, giving the RHS crew a quick 1-0 lead. Seven minutes later, the score was 2-0 for Reed after Allen took an assist from Jessie Eiting and found the net.
North Valleys tried to hang around. The Panthers scored on a penalty kick in the 10th minute to narrow the gap to 2-1. That's as good as it got for the North Valleys club.
Kelsey Gomer reeled off four straight goals before the Panthers could muster any more offense. Gomer tacked on goals in the 25th, 30th, 34th and 55th minutes, forging the Raiders into a 6-1 advantage.
“I thought we possessed the ball well and finished better,” Saville said. “We didn't let people get behind us. We were more enthusiastic today, but we have to bring that against (league leaders) Elko and Spanish Springs.”
North Valleys scored at the 57-minute mark, but it was too little too late.
For good measure, Gomer added two more goals in the final 20 minutes of play. She scored in the 60th and 79th minutes to cap the match scoring.
“Scoring six goals is pretty fun,” Gomer said in a postgame interview. “Our midfielders played great balls and all I had to do was run them down and finish anything played to me.”
Saturday's win wraps up the first round of HDL play for Reed (3-4-1 overall). The Raiders, who are the defending 4A North State champions, have played inconsistent soccer in recent weeks. They did improve to 3-3 in conference matches and now will play each of the other six league opponents one more time.
Reed's first opponent through the second go-round of league play is McQueen. The two teams meet Tuesday at MHS at 3:30 p.m.
“Losing is not what this program is about,” Saville said. “I think some of the losses have left a bad taste in the kids' mouths. It's good to end the first half on a win, but we've got to play harder and cleaner. Losing won't be acceptable in the second half.”
•Reed continues to sit atop the HDL standings after capturing a 4-1 home win over North Valleys in a league affair Saturday afternoon.
The east Sparks school has not lost in league play yet this fall, improving to 4-0-2. The Raiders are 7-4-3 overall.
The Raiders took an early lead when Marco Licciardi scored three minutes into the match thanks to an assist from Rica Martinez. The Raiders extended their lead to 2-0 at the 20-minute mark when Dylan Valentine scored after a K.C. Campbell assist.
North Valleys (2-4-1 overall) stayed in contention. The visiting Panthers got a goal when Jose Claro assisted a Brandon Perez score 26 minutes into the match.
The 2-1 score stayed intact into halftime. However, Reed changed that shortly after the intermission. Two minutes after the break, Martinez used an assist from Valentine to score and push the RHS squad into a 3-1 lead.
Reed got one more goal on the day. Todd Good scored in the 45th minute to account for the final 4-1 score. Martinez provided the assist on the final tally.
“Our last two games, we’ve played as a complete team,” Reed coach Jeff Valentine said. “We did have the one breakdown on their goal, but our last two games have been the best we’ve played all season.”
So why the recent improved play?
“I just think we’re coming together,” Valentine added. “We’ve got three new coaches so that’s kind of like breaking in a new horse. The kids are learning their roles. What I liked about today was we had four different kids score and we’ve pretty much been relying on two. So that’s good to see. It’s something we’ve been working on in practice and it’s starting to pay off.”
The Raiders return to action Wednesday for a 3:30 p.m. HDL contest at McQueen.