Reed put its guests from Galena on their heels quickly after breaking a scoreless tie six minutes into the match. Dylan Valentine handled the scoring honors for the host Raiders, taking an assist from teammate Rawlin McCubbins.
Unfortunately for Reed, its early score did little more than serve as a wake-up call for Galena (10-0-1). The Grizzlies answered with an equalizer two minutes later when Carlos Garcia-Partida scored, thanks to an assist from Blake Minor. The goal was the 13th in 11 matches this fall for Garcia-Partida.
“They jumped on us early when Dylan got that goal for them,” Galena coach Marco Merlo said. “That goal woke us up a little bit. We lacked some intensity early and it got us going. Our first couple goals were really nice.”
Galena was well in control by halftime as it tacked on two more scores before the break. Minor scored both goals on assists from Garcia-Partida. The goals came in the 22nd and 32nd minutes.
The duo hooked up again after the intermission. Minor found the net at the 62-minute mark thanks to another Garcia-Partida assist. The trio of scores lifted Minor's goal total to 21 on the season.
The scoring was wrapped up in the 70th minute when Galena scored on an own goal from Reed.
“In the first 10 minutes, we were attacking, which I liked. We were unselfish,” Reed coach Jeff Valentine said. “When we play selfish, one guy tries to do it all and things just fall apart.
“Galena proved why its undefeated. They're unselfish. They pass well. Communication is huge for them. They talk well and they're talented. They've just got a lot of good players.”
Reed (2-8-1) returns to action Wednesday when it goes to Reno for a 7:30 p.m. match.
Reed 2, Galena 2
•Reed got on the scoreboard first only to see its lead erased. However, a late RHS goal was enough to help the Raiders capture a tie.
Kennady Whitehead got Reed on the scoreboard when she found the back of the net nine minutes into the match. The Raiders held that 1-0 edge into halftime.
“Two of their main players missed the first 30 minutes or so after taking the SAT test,” Reed coach Jason Saville said. “That enabled us to control most of the first half, but we had three or four more really good opportunities to score and we didn't cash in.”
Reed's 1-0 advantage did not last in the second half. Just five minutes after the break, the visiting Grizzlies tied the score 1-1 on a goal from Allie Whitlock. Eight minutes later, the Grizz had a 2-1 lead when Sarah Lancaster scored in the 53rd minute.
Still, Galena could not get away from the east Sparks school with a win. Reed pulled into the 2-2 deadlock when Taylor Wiebke scored at the 68-minute mark. Lynette Jessop contributed the tying assist.
“We tried to make some defensive adjustments at halftime,” Saville said. “Sometimes doing that can be good but sometimes it can be bad. This time I'll take one, that I made a bad choice. When they got ahead, we had to go back to the way we were playing in first half and I thought it was pretty even.
“We were able to get that tying goal. The fact that we were down to a team like Galena and got the tie, I'm real proud of the girls. But at the same time, if we'd have finished in the first half, it might have been easier on us.”
Reed (4-4-3) is at Reno for a 7 p.m. match on Tuesday.
Spanish Springs 0
•At Spanish Springs, the host Cougars could not hang with defending Northern 4A champion Douglas on Saturday. The visiting Tigers scored a trio of goals in the second half to break open a close contest and put Spanish Springs away.
“They put a lot of pressure on us,” Spanish Springs coach Mike Faker said. “I'm disappointed we lost 4-0. We didn't sub much in the first half and I thought we controlled the tempo. But I also think we expended a lot of energy. I was hoping we could keep it up, but we couldn't.
"We had some breakdowns in the second half and they have some high-end players who wore us down.”
The margin was just 1-0 at halftime. Tia Lyons posted the lone goal in that first 40 minutes, taking an assist from Douglas teammate Lexi Weaver and scoring in the 36th minute.
In the second half, Douglas scored a trio of goals in an 11-minute span to blow the game open. Lyons scored an unassisted goal in the 59th minute. Ten minutes later, the Tigers made it 3-0 with an unassisted goal from Shannon Prince. Natalie Freitas capped the scoring for the DHS club with a goal at the 70-minute mark. Alex Laing had the assist on the final goal.
“I was thrilled with the second half,” Douglas coach Lorraine Fitzhugh said. “We had homecoming last night and I thought we let that affect us in the first half. In the second half, we did not. In the first half, we didn't read the ball well. We didn't fight. In the second half, we did all that.”