That was not the case Saturday as Hug blew open a tight match in the second half thanks to three unanswered goals.
"I talked with my assistant and we agreed. This team is lacking three things, dedication, heart and toughness," second-year Reed coach Jeff Valentine said. "The kids have got to figure it out … It's really frustrating. We play with somebody for a half and then fall asleep."
Hug's Ernesto Romero broke the early 0-0 tie when he scored 20 minutes into the match. Reed knotted things up at one apiece when junior forward Dylan Valentine blasted a free kick off a Hug defender and into the goal at the 33-minute mark.
The 1-1 score was in place at halftime, but that's as good as it got for Reed as Hug put together its second-half onslaught.
Victor Lara-Hernandez scored what proved to be the game-winning goal for Hug in the 45th minute, making the score 2-1. The Hawks then went on to get goals from Diego Mora, in the 55th minute, and Alberto Ramirez, in the 58th minute.
Hug improved to 6-5-3 in High Desert League play while Reed fell to 2-11-2.
Reed, which will not qualify for the regional postseason tournament, concludes its season Tuesday at league-leading North Valleys. First kick is set for 5:30 p.m.
Reed 4, Hug 0
At Hug, Reed posted a trio of goals in the first 23 minutes of play and coasted to the easy conference victory Saturday afternoon.
"That's what we ask the girls to do," Reed coach Jason Saville said. "We wanted to get it over quickly and be able to rest some players. We've had a pretty rough stretch of physical matches."
The visiting Raiders did not waste much time getting their offense going. Reed scored five minutes into the match thanks to an unassisted goal by Katelyn Raatz.
In the 15th minute, Taylor Wiebke got an assist from Taylor Ryckebosch and the RHS crew had a 2-0 advantage.
It was 3-0 at the 23-minute mark when Ryckebosch got a goal of her own following an Anna Lenay assist. The scoring was wrapped up in the 71st minute. That's when Reed senior Jesse Eiting found the back of the net on a direct kick.
Reed will be the High Desert League's third seed when the regional playoffs begin. The Raiders finish their regular season Monday at North Valleys at 5:30 p.m.
"It should be nice if we can finish with a couple wins. That's better than losing," Saville said. "But I'm not sure we've beaten a good team yet this year. The problem goes back to us not putting away balls in an open net that we should."