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Raiders, Cougars roll to girls soccer triumphs
by Dan Eckles
Sep 10, 2013 | 1392 views | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Reed Raiders rebounded from an ugly Saturday loss to perennial North power Douglas Saturday. Three days later, Reed rocked High Desert League rival Reno, 4-0, to improve to 1-1 on the young season.

The bounce-back victory came after Reed was humbled on its home field, 5-0 by Douglas.

“We were a lot more calm than Saturday,” Reed coach Jason Saville said. “The girls settled in and played well. We didn’t rely on one or two players. Everyone contributed.”

The match was never close. Reed scored just four minutes after the opening kick and never looked back. Aubrie Ciesynski tallied the opening goal on an assist from Vanessa Martinez.

“Our defense was really strong and we were connecting well with our passing,” Ciesynski said. “We were able to get this kind of win because everybody contributed. We got opportunities and we took advantage and succeeded.”

In the 22nd minute, the visiting Raiders added their second goal. Stephanie Kester handled those scoring honors, thanks to an assist from Ciesynski. By the 33rd minute, Reed had extended its edge to 3-0. Kenady Whitehead posted the third goal. It was unassisted.

The 3-0 score stayed intact into halftime, but it didn’t last long after the intermission. Just four minutes into the second half Reed posted its fourth and final goal. Martinez found the back of the net for that score. Kendra Bujnovsky racked up that assist.

“It was a tough one for us today,” Reno coach Shelly Avansino said. “We have got some weaknesses we need to work on, but we’ll adjust, get better and move on. Reed took advantage today. Kudos to teem. They executed.”

Saville liked what he saw both offensively and defensively from his squad.

“We only play three defenders so we ask a lot of our defenders,” the Raiders’ coach said. “To shut down a good team with good players is a huge accomplishment. We didn’t back down. And scoring four goals is a big accomplishment too.”

•At North Valleys, Spanish Springs bombed the host Panthers, easily posting a 6-1 triumph in a High Desert League affair Tuesday evening.

Spanish Springs scored the first three goals of the match and never looked back. Makayla Long led the SSHS onslaught, beating the North Valleys defense for four goals.

Audrey Barham started the scoring parade for Spanish Springs when she found the back of the net in the seventh minute. Sydney Byers had the assist.

Long got going from there. She scored an unassisted goal in the 34th minute. Five minutes later, Kiley Diesner tacked on a goal for the Cougs, on an assist from Long, and the SSHS squad led 3-0 at the break.

North Valleys tried to hang around. It posted its lone goal at the 57-minute mark, trimming the guests’ edge to 3-1.

From there, Long found her scoring touch again. She scored in the 63rd, 68th and 77th minutes to cap her big night. Sam Ryckebosch provided assists on the last two goals.

Next up for Spanish Springs (2-0) is a Friday home match against league rival Reno at 3 p.m.

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Robin Cowan
September 11, 2013
Way to go! Great Job Mack n congrats on a great game, wish I had been there. Great Job!!!!!! Be there Friday! love, Aunt Robin
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