The Raiders hit a speed bump Saturday, losing for the first time in two and a half weeks thanks to Damonte Ranch coming to town and taking down the local squad, 4-2.
“It was frustrating because we beat ourselves today. Don’t take away anything from their win because that’s a good team, but we gave them all four goals,” Reed girls soccer coach Jason Saville said. “Maybe they should have had one or two that we made saves on, but we gave them all four goals. Now we’re going to be short a keeper…The girls are just going to have to bounce back. They’re a young team, but they’re going to have to mature in the next three days and be ready to go on Tuesday.”
Reed staked Damonte to a one-goal lead 12 minutes into the game thanks to an own goal.
Luckily for the home team, it dominated possession for most of the first half and was able to earn the equalizer nine minutes later.
RHS goalkeeper Stefani Pehle punted the ball downfield. Forward Katelyn Raatz corralled it and sent it ahead to Laura Barrett. Barrett got into a footrace with Damonte keeper Michelle Lucas to see who would make it to the loose ball first.
Barrett got there a step late, but she got the last laugh as Lucas crushed a clear attempt off Barrett’s shin, sending a laser backwards that ripped the back of the net from near the top of the 18 to tie the game midway through the first half.
The Mustangs got a couple pushes late in the half and almost regained the lead. A Reed defender needed to block a shot at the goal line after a rebound squirted away from Pehle with five and a half minutes remaining before the intermission.
Less than three minutes into the second half, a Reed defender had to kick away a bouncing ball that was again honed in on the empty goal.
But in the 46th minute, Damonte’s Carrie Ruvalcaba blocked a clear attempt in front of the goal and then kicked the ball into the back of the net, giving the Mustangs a 2-1 edge.
There was plenty of time for the Blue and Gold to answer back.
Just over 10 minutes after Damonte regained the lead, Reed midfielder Aubrie Ciesynski sent a perfect ball ahead to Raatz on the run. Raatz and Lucas both got to the ball at the same time with Lucas attempting to make a sliding save near the top left corner of the box. The slide also took out Raatz and the ball got away.
Raatz got off the ground first, reached the ball and took a tough angle shot from far out that rolled into the empty net for the tying score.
In the 65th minute, Reed’s defense got lackadaisical with the ball, taking it back toward its own goal without a plan to clear it. That indecision cost the Raiders. A Mustang came sprinting by the defense to steal the ball and started a breakaway. Pehle tried to dive and swat the ball away, but ended up being called for tripping and received a red card.
New Reed keeper Kristen Smith was faced with a penalty kick in her first action in goal all season, but she came up with the save on the high shot to the left.
She couldn’t make the save on Damonte’s next strong push. April Sorenson crossed the ball from one side of the goal to the other. As Smith chased it, Tonia Portillo got there first and redirected the ball with her left foot for the last goal the Mustangs needed.
With just over three minutes left on the clock, the ball was in the Reed box again. Both teams played a little pinball, kicking the ball back and forth. Finally, Erica Ritter sealed the DRHS victory with a shot into the top far corner of the goal.
Reed (5-4-4) heads to McQueen Tuesday for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff.