Carson was never really threatened in the Div. I crossover league contest at CHS. The hosts posted goals in the 21st, 50th and 60th minutes to stave off the visiting Raiders.
"Carson is big. They're quick and they're physical and that's the antithesis of what we are," Reed coach Jason Saville said. "When we come up against a team like that, that can happen ... We've got to find some consistency with our game and make adjustments."
Reed fell to 4-3-3 while Carson stayed undefeated, improving to 8-0-2.
"Certainly, we were right there in the first half," Saville said. "Their first goal was kind of a freebie. No one tracked down their midfielder. She teed off and scored. But still, we were in the match at that point. Then they came out and got that first goal of the second half. That took the wind out of our sails.
"It's tough. I feel like we're giving up goals by making tiny mistakes and then we're not scoring goals. But we're going to keep fighting. Until our season's over, we're going to keep fighting. The girls want that and I want that. We might be down but we're not dusted and polished off."
Reed returns to the pitch Monday when it will play a make-up game against Galena in south Reno. First kick is slated for 3 p.m.
At Galena, Spanish Springs was saddled with its first loss of the season, a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the host Grizzlies.
"I think Galena's allright, but I think we're the better team," Spanish Springs coach Mike Faker said. "It's disappointing. There were times where we made a few defensive mistakes and then we didn't go hard to the loose balls, the 50-50 balls. We got in some bad situations."
Galena broke open a scoreless tie by posting a pair of goals in the final 15 minutes of the match. The Grizz found the back of the net to break the tie with a goal in the 65th minute. Then, five minutes later, Galena added an insurance goal to account for the final 2-0 margin.
Spanish Springs (6-1-3) was limited to just seven shots on goal in the Div. I North crossover league contest. The shutout meant the Cougars have failed to score a goal in three of their last four outings and they got just one goal in the other match during the stretch, a 1-0 win over North Valleys. Luckily for the Cougars, their defense held up and got the local club out with 0-0 ties on their first two scoreless occasions.
"What added to our troubles is we started pushing hard when we didn't need to as much," Faker said. "I'm a little concerned that we still haven't scored. The kids are pushing hard, trying to do too much instead of playing team ball.
"We've been looking at options for a couple weeks. We've already changed up our lineup and we'll probably make a couple more changes."
Next up for Spanish Springs is an 11 a.m. meeting at Reno against the Huskies Saturday morning.