Carson got goals from Mayra Olivares and Michelle Sandage in the first 13 minutes, and rode those early scores to a 3-0 win over visiting Reed in the opening round of the NIAA Division I Northern Regional Tuesday night.
The win sends the second-seeded Senators into the semis on Thursday at 6 where they will face Spanish Springs, which beat Galena 3-2 (4-3 in the shootout). The other semi at 4 p.m. matches up Douglas, a 7-1 winner over McQueen, against Reno, a 3-0 winner over Manogue.
"The score line is not indicative of how close the game was," Reed coach Jason Saville said. "You had to be there to know it and you had to see the game to know it. You take your hat off to Carson. They capitalized on the chances they had. I don't think the goal-scoring opportunities were that different but that's been the case in a lot of our games this year. We either controlled possession or out-shot our opponents but the score line ends up being different and in their favor because other teams capitalize.
"Our kids can be upset they lost. Losing is hard but they should have no regrets. You're never happy to lose, but at the end of the day, only one North team will be happy.
Carson dominated from start to finish, but appeared to relax after the two early goals.
"I think so," Danielle Sandage said. "I think we settled in and started to play more possession."
"We came out with pretty high energy the first 20 minutes," Carson coach Greg Lehman said. "I don't know if we took our foot off the throttle or not and it¹s hard to keep that kind of pace up for 80 minutes."
Carson scored in the seventh minute on its second shot of the game. Olivares carried the ball along the right sideline and crossed it to the opposite post. Reed goalie Angie Pastor appeared to think it was going wide and failed to make an aggressive move toward the ball. The ball grazed the left post and went in.
"I definitely thought it was going out," Olivares said. "Then I saw it hit the post. It was a pretty lucky goal."
Reed threatened several minutes later when Carson keeper Emmy Heller was unable to control a shot. The ball squirted away, but a Carson defender cleared the ball before the Raiders could get off a shot.
Three minutes later, Carson was on the board again. Kenzie Tillitt got her foot on a ball, and when Pastor was a little slow coming out, Michelle Sandage ran on to the ball and tapped it in to make it 2-0.
"Kenzie hit it back so it rolled forward," Michelle Sandage said. "I kept running into it. I thought for sure it was going to be wide ... I kept running at it to make sure it was going in."
Reed had a good look in the 31st minute, but the shot sailed high. There were no more serious threats the remainder of the half.
In the 48th minute, Reed¹s Katelynn Raatz blasted one over the crossbar from about 20 yards away.
Carson scored the game¹s final goal nine minutes later when Tillitt headed a ball that Pastor caught, but stumbled backwards and apparently crossed the goal line.
"The last time we played, we gave them some silly goals and did the same thing tonight," Saville said. "We were just not able to answer with our own set of goals. But our girls left it all out on the field. We worked our socks off and created a bunch of chances. We just didn't get any of those balls in the back of the net and that's the name of the game."
The teams tied earlier in the year 2-2, but Carson played that game without Kiahna Pimental and Tillitt, both of whom are important players for the Senators.
"Having our key players helped tonight," Michelle Sandage said.