Reed battled back from a 2-1 halftime deficit and beat the last undefeated team left in the High Desert League, Elko, 3-2 without RHS’s top goal scorer Kelsey Gomer finding the back of the net.
Gomer clearly was frustrated by Elko marking at least two players on her all game. And when she finally did start breaking through the defense, her shots were off the mark.
Then she became the provider instead, which led to the game-tying goal in the 65th minute.
Reed’s midfield sent a high ball ahead to Gomer on the run. Gomer headed the ball down to her feet and took off. With the Indians’ keeper and other defenders bearing down on her, Gomer dished over to Taylor Ryckebosch, who came from behind the play and one-timed the ball into the right side of the goal.
The Raiders weren’t going to be happy with just a tie.
With about 13:20 left in the game, Jordan Sambrano went one way with the ball, cut back and unleashed a lob shot that hit off the inside of the far post and went in for the game-winner.
“Outside of a state game the past three years, this was probably the most important game this team has played,” Reed girls soccer coach Jason Saville said. “Clearly we didn’t play with a lot of heart in Elko, but today reminded me of what it’s like to play at Reed. The heart and soul and the everybody playing for the team attitude, that’s what we saw in them today.”
Ryckebosch also scored the first goal of the game after a corner kick by Jessica Allen in the fifth minute.
Even though Elko had the ball most of the first half on Reed’s defensive side of the field, the visitors could not muster a goal until there were six minutes left in the first half.
The Indians were awarded a penalty kick when a Raider tripped and fell into an Elko player who was receiving a throw-in and barely inside the box.
Mauriana Gonzalez drilled the equalizer into the right side of the goal, out of the reach of Jessie Eiting, who is the new face in goal for Reed.
“We thought she gave us the best chance for the win, and she made a few great saves out there,” Saville said.
Gonzalez beat Eiting again on a ridiculous shot. From 30 yards out and at a tough angle, she hooked a high-arcing shot into the far corner of the goal over Eiting’s head.
“Nine times out of 10, shots like that don’t go in,” Saville said.
Reed (5-4-1, 5-3 HDL) is pretty beat up with injuries, but will have some time off thanks to a bye Tuesday. The Raiders will be back in game action when they travel to Hug Saturday.
•In eastern Nevada, Reed survived what boys soccer coach Jeff Valentine called some home cooking and a goal by Dylan Valentine in the 71st minute handed the first-place team a 2-1 victory.
“I’m very happy, especially with the way things were going,” Valentine said.
The Raiders lit up the scoreboard first and took a 1-0 lead right before halftime thanks to a Drew McPartland goal on an assist by Rica Martinez.
Elko was able to tie the game at 1-1 in the 55th minute when Tyler Streif found the back of the net.
However, the Raiders got a good run down the field 16 minutes later. The ball started on the defense and after a few quick passes in the midfield, Martinez got the ball and sent a beautiful through ball ahead to Valentine on the run. Elko’s goalkeeper came out and Valentine beat him low to make it 2-1.
Reed improves to 8-4-3 overall and 6-0-2 in the HDL.