Reed coach Joel Martinez said his Raiders were the better team at McQueen Monday afternoon. That doesn’t always result in wins. And it didn’t.
His squad battled back from a 2-0 deficit but was stuck with a 3-2 road loss.
The Raiders (2-4-1, 2-4-1) missed an opportunity to pick up a big three points on the road against the Lancers (2-6-2, 2-4-1) who figure to compete for one of the final High Desert League playoff spots.
“We were the better team today, possessed 75 percent of the game,” Martinez said. “But missed crucial open opportunities (cost us).”
Dayton Farrow, who has scored in three-straight matches, erased the 2-0 hole with goals in the 64th and 67th minutes but a “goalkeeper mistake” allowed McQueen’s Cedric Jones to score the game winner with eight minutes left. It was Jones’ second goal of the afternoon. He added to a 1-0 halftime lead in the 54th minute.
Tyler Ross scored McQueen’s first goal of the day six minutes in.
Reed dominated shots (18-6) and corners (13-4) in the loss.
The game was originally scheduled to be played Saturday afternoon but was pushed back two days due to a shortage of officials.
Reed will attempt to halt its three-game slide Wednesday night at Hug. First touch is at 7 p.m.