Reed (8-4-3, 5-0-2 High Desert League) had an impressive first half against the Lancers. Rica Martinez started things off for Reed with a goal that was assisted by K.C. Campbell in the sixth minute of play. It gave the guests a 1-0 lead over the host Lancers.
Dylan Valentine pushed Reed’s lead to two, on an unassisted goal in the ninth minute.
“We came out with intensity, a lot of intensity,” Reed coach Jeff Valentine said.
Valentine wrapped up the half’s scoring with his second goal on an assist from Martinez.
“It was one of the best goals we’ve had all season,” Jeff Valentine said.
The play built up in the midfield and consisted of just three passes. Martinez had crossed over to Valentine, who put it away for the Raiders in the 22nd minute, giving Reed a 3-0 lead into halftime.
“We dug ourselves a hole,” McQueen coach Andrew Tolley said. “We ignored everything we’d done in practice.”
McQueen (3-3-4, 2-2-3 HDL) began to improve in the second half while Reed seemed to get complacent.
“We played not to lose,” Valentine said. “We didn’t finish.”
Eight minutes into the half, Luca Licciardi came out of the goal to face a speeding Lancer forward and McQueen’s Joe Lesar was able to send it home, cutting the lead, 3-1.
In the 59th minute, Lesar scored again. Licciardi caught a piece of the ball of a McQueen corner kick but was unable to control it. Reed’s defense tried to clear it, but Lesar got a foot on it and cut Reed’s lead to one.
“Another five minutes and we might have had it,” Tolley said.
The Raiders were able to keep some composure and scrambled through the next 20 minutes to keep the 3-2 lead intact and secure the win.
Reed is in action again on Saturday when it travels to Elko.
The Spanish Springs Cougars battled back against Reno to capture a 2-2 tie in boys prep soccer action Wednesday. It was the first HDL match Spanish Springs had not lost this fall.
The Huskies jumped on Spanish Springs early, scoring in the fifth and 30th minutes for a 2-0 lead.
Spanish Springs featured a different lineup Wednesday. The Cougars had to pull up several players from their JV squad due to injuries and gave midfielder Eder Zomoza time at goalkeeper.
“I thought we did well,” Spanish Springs coach Rob Moreland said. “We had three guys we brought up from JV for defending, two guys are hurt. All in all, we fought a hard fight. We did well.”
The Cougars got on the scored board in the 38th minute on a penalty kick by Irvin Somera to take a 2-1 deficit into the half.
“Our defense did really well,” Moreland said. “Our defense and midfield did really well today, marking up. I give them all credit for coming back.”
The teams battled through the second half and Somera put in his second goal of the game in the 70th minute to tie up the contest.
“Irvin did great. He was all over the place,” Moreland said.
Moreland said he was impressed with his team being able to fight back.
“It was good for the kids' morale,” Moreland said. “We could've easily just packed it in a said 'forget it. It was nice. It was good for them.”
Spanish Springs (1-7-2, 0-6-1 HDL) will need that morale boost heading into this weekend, with just four matches left, and far behind in the standings. Saturday. The Cougars will travel to face Hug which is among the HDL leaders.
One thing the squad will work on leading up to the game is not diving in, Moreland said.
“Especially against Hug, they have very good players,” he said. “You have to be patient and keep your balance. Otherwise they'll make you look silly.”
Spanish Springs and Hug will face off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, after the girls match at 11 a.m.