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Panthers fend off Raiders; Cougars get by Hawks
by Dan Eckles
Oct 02, 2010 | 785 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed’s Rawlin McCubbins (5) jumps over a North Valleys player for this second-half header.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed’s Rawlin McCubbins (5) jumps over a North Valleys player for this second-half header.
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The North Valleys Panthers continue to show why they're one of the top boys soccer teams in northern Nevada. North Valleys overcame an early deficit to snare a 4-1 victory at Reed Saturday.

The win was the fourth straight for North Valleys, which improved to 8-1 overall.

“We've kind of been up and down even though we've won four in a row,” Panthers coach Ian Stoddard said. “To come back and get some goals after falling behind early was nice.”

Reed posted the first goal of the match when Dylan Valentine found the back of the net for an unassisted goal. The Raiders junior forward blasted a shot off the Panthers' goalkeeper's hands and into the goal from 15 feet out on the left side.

“We got a little sharper after they scored first,” Stoddard said. “They jumped on us. That's what you have to do.”

Unfortunately for the hosts, that's as good as it got. North Valleys scored the next four goals and was never threatened.

Edgar Garcia pulled North Valleys into a 1-1 tie when he scored in the 15th minute thanks to an assist from Juan Reyes. Garcia scored again at the 27-minute mark. The unassisted goal gave the visiting Panthers a 2-1 edge. The margin stayed that way until halftime.

Three minutes into the second half, North Valleys built on its advantage. Gabriel Hernandez scored, pushing the Panthers lead to 3-1 on an assist from Brandon Perez.

Hernandez scored the final goal as well. The unassisted goal came in the 58th minute.

“They proved why they're 8-1. They are definitely a good club,” Reed coach Jeff Valentine said. “We played with them for awhile. That's kind of been our 'MO'. We can play with anybody for a half, but that comes down to our lack of a bench. Our guys get tired.

“But we are getting better. I can see that. I stopped talking about the playoffs. I can handle the mistakes, but we can't be lazy. We've just got to play hard and worry about getting better.”

Reed is in action again Wednesday Spanish Springs. First kick is set for 5:30 p.m.

- Spanish Springs 2, Hug 1 -

•At Hug, SSHS coach Rob Moreland said his team's effort was far from stellar but he was happy to get away with a win.

“We couldn't find the combinations,” Moreland said. “We weren't very energetic. We're still looking for it. We've seen little spurts of brilliance, but we have to be more consistent. We deserved to win. We fought hard, but it wasn't our best game. We're still looking for that.”

“We couldn't find the combinations,” Moreland said. “We weren't very energetic. We're still looking for it. We've seen little spurts of brilliance, but we have to be more consistent. We deserved to win. We fought hard, but ti wasn't our best game. We're still looking for that.”

Hug put Spanish Springs on its heels by scoring the first goal. That came in the 39th minute.

The visiting Cougars (6-3) pulled into a 1-1 tie in the 58th minute when sophomore Julio Soto scored on a free kick.

At the 65-minute mark, Cougars junior captain Irvin Somera corralled a loose ball in the Hug defensive box and buried it in the net for the go-ahead goal.

Hug nearly salvaged a draw but the Hawks missed a penalty kick in the 75th minute.

“If you had talked to the kids after the game, it's like we didn't win,” Moreland said. “That's good. They have high expectations. I think if they thought that was a good game then we're not looking at the same game I am. But they know what we're trying to do.”
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