The two teams hooked up in a High Desert League match at HHS Saturday and played to a 1-1 draw.
In soccer, teams earn one point toward the standings for a tie and three for a win. Saturday’s point, is the first for the Hug girls in recent memory
“That’s the first time in I don’t know how long, how many years,” rookie Hug coach Sarah Peterson said. “We were more composed today. Each match we’re getting better and more comfortable. Our leaders are emerging.”
Trailing 1-0, Hug scored in the 53rd minute, pulling into the one-goal deadlock. Stephanie Guzman tallied the equalizer for the Hawks thanks to an assist from Louisa Mena.
“There’s a lack of team effort and intensity,” Reed coach Jason Saville said. “There’s not enough desire to finish, across the board. And it’s not just the lack of finishing opportunities that’s hurting us. It’s the standing around and giving up when we need to find a little bit more in the tank.”
Reed had taken a 1-0 lead after it scored 28 minutes into the match. Kennady Whitehead handled those scoring honors after Katelyn Raatz gave away an assist.
The host Hawks (0-4-1) escaped with a tie by the skin of their claws. Reed out-shot Hug 18-3. The Raiders missed a handful of quality scoring chances from open nets to 1-on-1 breakaways, including two in the final three minutes of play, any of which would have gotten Reed a win.
“When you hold a team to three shots, it’s not that your defense isn’t working or you’re not possessing the ball, it’s attacking,” Saville said. “We should have finished off McQueen earlier in the week and we didn’t And we should have finished off these guys and we didn’t.”
The tie was especially frustrating for the Raiders, who are fighting for the HDL lead and playoff positioning, considering they saw rival Spanish Springs slip up against Reno Friday. Reed beat Reno last week.
Reed now sits 2-2-3 in conference clashes.
“A win would have taken us to the top of the league,” Saville said. “Our recent practices are not of the quality we need to have. I think sometimes the girls think they can just show up and that will be good enough to win.
“The second half of the season starts next week. We control our own destiny. But there are things that need to change. At some point, we need to decide what type of season we’re going to have.”
Reed will try to bounce back Tuesday for a Northern 4A crossover league game at Bishop Manogue. First kick is set for 3:30 p.m.