“We didn’t come out strong. We were overconfident. It was a poor effort on our part,” Reed coach Richard Hollis said. “We didn’t execute. We had a couple chances to score, but could not finish.
“We should’ve been more consistent up front. We didn’t win the 50/50 balls and the goal they got was because we didn’t clear it.”
Reed’s loss coupled with Hug’s win over McQueen means the RHS squad can do no better than finish second regardless of whether or not it wins its regular season finale Saturday at home against North Valleys at 11 a.m.
“Hopefully, we can come out Saturday and shake this off,” Hollis said.
The Raiders (7-5-1, 7-4 HDL) could have locked up their second straight HDL crown by beating Reno and North Valleys in their final two outings.
Hug (7-3-2), which finished league play Wednesday by beating McQueen, will win the league title if Elko (5-3-2) loses or even ties either of its last two matches.
The top four HDL teams advance to the Northern 4A tournament, which begins next weekend.
Reed was done in Wednesday when Reno’s Makenzie Lukas broke a scoreless tie and found the net in the 65th minute. The Huskies’ junior forward got an assist from James Mulligan on the scoring sequence.
“The kids played aggressive. We’re a good team. We felt like we should’ve beaten Reed the first time around,” said Reno assistant coach Peter Duffy, alluding to the Huskies’ 2-0 loss at Reed earlier this season. “It’s easy to say, but we feel like we should’ve won a lot more matches this season. We just haven’t finished and we’ve had a few collapses.”
Reno improved to 3-5-3 in league play.
The visiting Raiders had an opportunity to knot the match at 1-1 with eight minutes left, but could not put the ball in the net. A Reed forward settled a header pass from a teammate in the Reno defensive box. He had a 1-on-1 look at the goal but Huskies goalkeeper Harrison Gray gobbled up the soccer ball when the shot was fired directly at him.
Gray concluded the match with 12 saves.
“We have lost games we should’ve won this year, but that’s how it goes. That’s what makes this sport so interesting and so emotional,’ Duffy said.”