In a game rescheduled from Saturday, the Mustangs found the back of the net twice in the first seven minutes at Reed High.
Damonte used constant pressure to earn its first two goals. The visitors got in a 1-on-1 situation in the box. Jose C. Garcia put a move on a defender to switch directions and then fired his shot into the bottom left corner of the goal.
Seven minutes into the game, Damonte’s Trey Anderson crossed ball in front of the goal and Garcia headed it in, making it a 2-0 ballgame.
With about eight minutes left in the first half, Eulices Rojas sent a long ball ahead over the defense. Anderson blew past everyone on the run to track it down. He stopped the ball before it crossed the goal line, cut back into the box and flicked a shot over Reed’s goalkeeper Sean Lokken. Damonte enjoyed that 3-0 lead at the halftime break.
But the three-goal margin didn’t stay intact very long in the second half.
Reed finally got on the board four minutes after the break.
Senior Dylan Valentine stole the ball from a Mustang in the box. He dribbled past the last defender and kept it simple, pushing a shot into the right side of the goal, cutting the deficit to 3-1 with 34:50 to play.
With under 20 minutes remaining, the Raiders had two shots narrowly miss the mark over the crossbar and wide.
But then the lights went out on Reed’s comeback attempt — literally. The lights went dark for 15 minutes with 11 minutes left on the clock. Eventually they came back on and play restarted with a hockey-style faceoff.
That was the last of the excitement until the final minute when Valentine scored on a breakaway.
Reed (4-8-1) will be on the road at McQueen Wednesday for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff.
“We can’t play a full a game. That’s our problem. We spotted them a 3-0 lead and outplayed them in the second half,” Reed boys soccer coach Jeff Valentine said. “Another one of our big problems this year is we can’t put a full game together. We’re still trying to rely on one guy to score.”
Damonte improved to 8-4-1 on the season.