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Hug rolls over Reed boys
by Dan Eckles
Sep 24, 2011 | 1048 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed senior Dylan Valentine tries to find a hole through the defense but was denied during the Raiders’ 4-2 loss to Hug.
Tribune photo by John Byrne - Reed senior Dylan Valentine tries to find a hole through the defense but was denied during the Raiders’ 4-2 loss to Hug.
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RENO — The Hug Hawks kept themselves in the High Desert League title chase thanks to a 4-2 triumph over Reed in boys prep soccer action Saturday afternoon.

Hug improved to 5-1-1 in conference clashes while Reed fell to 3-4.

The host Hawks helped themselves in a big way forging ahead 2-0 in the first 12 minutes of action. Armando Villanueva scored eight minutes into the match and Rodrigo Magallames extended Hug’s edge to 2-0 four minutes later.

“We gave up two early goals and then we played even from there. We came out flat again,” Reed coach Jeff Valentine said. “We lost to a good team, but there’s not a team out there we can’t beat. We’re trying to learn the mental stuff now. We’ve got about five guys playing 100 percent. Hopefully, they don’t give up waiting for the others to get there too.”

Reed tried to stay in contention. Ryan Butler scored for the Raiders at the 33-minute mark after Arturo Flores gave him an assist on a corner kick.

The margin stayed at 2-1 into halftime and through the first 20 minutes of the second half.

“It definitely makes it easier on you when you score two quick goals,” Hug coach Ralph Renteria said. “It makes the other team chase time ... And we never let up, whether it’s 6-1 or 1-6. We do a lot of conditioning to make sure we can play that way. We’ll always continue to fight.”

Hug found the scoring column again when Victor Lara-Hernandez put the ball in the back of the net in the 60th minute. The Hawks wrapped up their scoring when Michael Garcia tacked on a penalty kick goal in the 68th minute, leaving the scoreboard to read 4-1.

“Every game we’ve lost, we’ve given up exactly four goals,” Valentine said. “That’s our magic number. We’re giving up goals in bunches. I don’t know what it is. It must be mental lapses. We’re giving up easy goals and not making teams earn them.”

The visiting Raiders did add a score to account for the final 4-2 margin. That came in the 70th minute after Hug scored an own goal.

Reed returns to the soccer pitch Wednesday for a 3:30 p.m. match at Bishop Manogue.
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