The Raiders keyed a second-half surge with aggressive runs on goal, forging their way to a 3-1 crossover league victory at home Monday night.
“At halftime, we just told them we could be up. This is a game we have to be up and shouldn’t be tied right now. We came out believing,” Reed boys soccer coach Joel Martinez said. “This is a good squad, and we’re peaking at the right moment. They’re starting to believe in going into the playoffs.”
Twenty-five seconds into the second half, Carson fired a shot on goal directly at Reed goalkeeper Josh Reyes. Thirty seconds later, the Senators were on the run again, unleashing a shot from outside the box that skipped wide.
However, it was Reed who broke the scoreless tie.
The Raiders were on their own run in the 49th minute. A shot from the left was pushed away by the Carson keeper in the opposite direction, but Kenny Malizia was there for the easy putback.
Six minutes later, Reed no longer had a lead as Johnny Guevarra knocked in the equalizer with 25:10 on the second-half clock.
The Blue and Gold swung the momentum back in its favor.
With 16 minutes to go, Alex McPartland sent a low cross and Christian Martinez kicked a one-timer out of midair from in front of the doorstep for a goal and a 2-1 Reed edge.
McPartland contributed another effective cross in the 69th minute. He chipped a ball to the middle of the box. Danny Hernandez didn’t get a clean touch of the short hop, but had enough pace on the deflection to beat the Senators’ keeper into the far corner of the goal, accounting for the final two-goal margin.
Reed (4-5-2) is back in action at 7 p.m. Wednesday at home against Hug.