The Raiders went to Damonte Ranch for a crossover league match and left with a 3-0 loss.
On the turf of DRHS, the pace was fast and Reed was taking advantage, ripping shot after shot toward the goal.
In the 14th minute, Reed hit the goal post with a shot, and Damonte came right back with a run, forcing RHS keeper Josh Reyes to go to the ground to come up with a save.
Barely a minute later, the Mustangs sent a ball over the top of the defense. Trey Anderson was faster than the defender marking him and he tracked down the ball. With only Reyes to beat, Anderson dribbled around him and deposited an easy goal into the back of the net.
While Reed still had plenty of chances to notch the equalizer before the break, the Raiders’ shots sprayed all around the goal but none went in.
The pace also slowed down drastically, mostly because the Mustangs took stalling to an extreme, forcing the official to stop time in order to wait for Damonte players to get balls from out of bounds. A whole 10 minutes was tacked on after the clocked stopped.
With a minute left before the break, the Raiders received a gift. The Raiders had an indirect kick right on the edge of the box. And after two Mustangs were sent off with yellow cards for purposely standing right in front of the ball to prevent Reed from quickly taking a shot, Reed’s ensuing attempt on goal flew well above the crossbar, leaving the 1-0 score intact at the intermission.
There was no stalling in the second half.
Six and a half minutes in, Damonte started a break when Anderson received a back pass and he was on the run down the right side of the field. He centered a pass in front of the goal and Carlos Garcia was there to knock in a one-timer, increasing the Mustangs’ lead to 2-0 in the 47th minute.
The Raiders had far fewer quality chances on goal in the second half, and they never got their feet under them.
“They (Damonte) played better defense. I think in the first half we have 10 clear shots on goal and hit the post two or three times,” Reed boys soccer coach Joel Martinez said. “We just didn’t capitalize on them. I think in the first half we out-shot them 10-3 and they scored one goal. Unfortunately, that’s the way it is.
“When we get on the downside of the score, we start to panic and make mistakes.”
Damonte didn’t have that problem.
In the 73rd minute, Anderson sparked another run with his speed. He attempted a left-footed shot that was blocked. But Efren Garcia was there for the rebound and unleashed a rocket from outside the box that slid under the crossbar in the far corner for the final 3-0 score.
“He (Anderson) was quick. He was their main go-to guy. He created all three goals,” Martinez said. “We matched up well with him when we marked him up, but we left one guy open, and that’s how we got scored on. I’m still proud of the guys. There are still three games left. The season’s not over.”
Reed (4-7-2) travels to McQueen for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff Wednesday.
Spanish Springs 0, Carson 0
For the second time this week, the Cougars could not register a goal, but neither could their opponent.
SSHS boys soccer coach Rob Moreland said his team dominated again, and the Senators only got their opportunities when they countered the Cougars' chances.
"We'll keep working on it," Moreland said. "No one can score on us. We've only let in seven goals and three of them were at Reno."
Spanish Springs (9-2-2) is at Hug Wednesday. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Carson 2, Spanish Springs 1
The Cougars took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Alyssa Bertuleit in the 62nd minute, but it wouldn't stand up.
Two minutes later, Bailee Zuber tied it up for the hosts, and with about 10 minutes remaining, Kenzie Tillit headed in a free kick for what proved to be the eventual game-winning goal.
"The first goal they got was just one of those things that happens," SSHS girls soccer coach Mike Faker said. "I thought in the second half we controlled possession and had the better opportunities. They had some pretty good breakaways and counterattacks, but I felt we controlled the tempo. That shot was from like 40 yards out and it just deflected off a girls foot in the air."
Spanish Springs (9-2-2) is at Hug Tuesday.