The Raiders dominated 4-0 on the road at North Valleys on Saturday.
Reed (6-3-0, 6-3-0) entered the day tied for first in the High Desert League but with the Cougars’ tie against McQueen, took a two-point lead in the standings.
North Valleys started the scoring in the first half with an own goal. Krista Bosch stretched the lead to 2-0 seven minutes into the second half. Her teammates followed suit in the second half—Taylor Anderson with a goal in the 67th and Sydnee McGrath less than ten minutes later—securing the team’s win.
“The game was touch and go; the first half certainly had a lot of possession,” Reed coach Jason Saville said. “We were comfortable and ended up running away with the goals. Our plays were tactically strong, which leads me to think we are progressing well.”
The Panthers were close to scoring in the beginning of the first half with countless shots on goal, but couldn’t finish.
“We possessed well, but we need to improve on attacking,” North Valleys coach Bryan Grant said. “We had some unlucky shots (this time), but are excited to play Reed again in the future.”
Reed travels to Reno at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
“We have a big week ahead of us—playing both Reno and Spanish Springs,” Saville said. “I hope we can play just as hard against them as we did against North Valleys.”
Sparks escapes Lowry with 2-1 win
By Shyene Joubert, reporting intern
The Railroaders picked up a big 2-1 win at Lowry Saturday afternoon. It was their second league victory in as many days.
Sparks improved to 5-4-2, 5-3-0 in the DI-A North while Lowry, one of the best teams in the league, dropped to 6-3-1, 4-2-1.
Sophomore Mileidy Cano put the Railroaders on the board in the 35th minute with an assist from Angie Hurtado. Three minutes later, junior Lizeth Garcia doubled the lead with a penalty kick.
The 2-0 lead held until the Buckaroos snuck within a goal in the 69th minute but couldn’t draw even.
The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Railroaders, who head to league-leading Truckee on Wednesday.
Cougars tie Lancers, drop out of first place
By Jasmine Gutierrez, reporting intern
Spanish Springs settled for a 1-1 tie at McQueen on Saturday afternoon.
The Cougars moved 8-3-1, 5-3-1 in league play.
“I thought the midfield (and) the defense worked well today,” Spanish Springs coach Mike Faker said. “I think we need a little help with being patient.”
The Cougars trailed 1-0 at the half, before Makayla Long scored a goal four minutes into the second half on a penalty kick.
“I thought we played pretty hard. It was pretty much evenly matched,” Long said. “I think we need to improve on passing and working more as a team.”
McQueen took it’s early lead when Jordan Howell found the net two minutes in.
The Cougars play a home game against North Valleys on Tuesday.