Fortunately for River Ridge, the sophomore forward was wrong on both accounts.
Reed scored twice, including the game-winning penalty kick in the closing seconds, and added an assist to help the Hawks upset Black Hills, 4-3, in Evergreen Conference girls soccer Tuesday at Tumwater District Stadium.
“This team just keeps working hard and improving,” said River Ridge coach Dorothy Vader, whose squad lost, 5-0, to the Wolves during the first meeting on Sept. 16. “We’ve always been capable of this, but tonight the girls didn’t give up and didn’t stop playing. It’s unbelievable.”
The match appeared headed to overtime when Reed stepped in for a penalty kick with 14.7 seconds remaining.
“I just cleared my mind and kicked it,” said Reed, who made the deposit in the left side of the net, just outside the reach of Black Hills goalkeeper Ivy Davison. “I actually thought Ivy was going to get to it. She’s an incredible goalie.”
Reed’s successful penalty kick capped a wild finish.
Trailing 1-0, Black Hills (7-4 overall, 5-3 EvCo) tied the match on Alli Thompson’s boot from 27 yards out at the 57th minute.
Nine minutes later, Reed pushed the Hawks back ahead at 2-1 when her shot bounced off Davison and slowly trickled 5 yards into the net.
“That one was lucky,” said Reed, who assisted on Jessica Holt’s first half goal in the 32nd minutes to break the scoreless tie. “I just tried to kick it as hard as I could. (Davison) was able to stop it, but it kind of went off her side at an angle and rolled in.”
Black Hills quickly claimed its first lead on two powerful Emily Cotey goals – the first coming at the 67th minute with the second following two minutes later, giving the Wolves a 3-2 advantage.
“That showed a lot being about to come back late in the game after giving up the lead,” Vader said.
Lizzie Bevier’s goal with 5 minutes to play tied the game at 3-3.
“We didn’t have too many scoring opportunities tonight,” Vader said, “but when we had them we made them count.”
Despite dictating the flow of the game and working the ball into River Ridge territory for much of the first half, Black Hills still found itself trailing, 1-0, at the intermission.
The Wolves enjoyed a handful of quality scoring chances in the opening 40 minutes, the best coming 15 minutes into the match when Whitney Lowe’s hard shot from the right side nearly sneaked in, but River Ridge goalkeeper Laree Verd was able to get a hand on it in the last moment and tapped it away.
Black Hills, which outshot the Hawks 5-2 in the first half and had four corner kicks to River Ridge’s none, also saw a free kick by Cotey from 25 yards out hit the crossbar as they were unable to get on the scoreboard in the first half.