It was a game of two halves in the varsity game of the week which saw number three Reagan make their case for the number one spot with a win over number four Lee 1-0. It was a late winner that did the job for Reagan in a stunning result.
“It was one of those games that could have gone either way,” said Reagan’s head coach, “Lee’s a good side, we got a lucky bounce and won the game.”
Lee started the match well, taking the early possession and having early possession and chances but it didn’t take long for Reagan to take charge. The Rattlers had plenty of possession but they struggled for really clear cut chances that weren’t on a set piece.
For all the possession Reagan had, it was Lee who had the more clear cut chances, with Peyton Williams’ footwork causing issues. On the half-hour mark Williams used his footwork to create space on the edge of the area and shoot, but right at the keeper.
Reagan responded to that effort with a chance of their own on the next play when Justin Sukow was played in to space. That allowed Sukow to shoot from the edge of the area, a wicked dipping shot which dipped in front of Victor Rodriguez, who parried well and then smothered the ball.
Only a stellar Albo save kept the scores level in the 35th minute after a rapid counter from the Volunteers. The counter ended when Ernesto Diaz was able to hit a dipping shot which Mauricio Albo just managed to reach, sending it out for a corner, the last chance of the half, which ended scoreless.
Only some strong defending stopped Williams from opening the scoring for the Volunteers as he was running through but some speed at the back allowed Reagan to get the save and eventually clear. In the 49th minute, Diaz was able to get on the end of a lofted ball, but the keeper closed the space, forcing the header wide.
In the 57th minute Diaz went agonizingly close off a well worked free-kick from 20 yards out, he curled it well, but could only find the post. Reagan responded, and went down the field, playing Carter Lovell through but Victor Rodriguez was quick, rushing off his line to make the save.
Lee thought they’d opened the scoring, after an Ernesto Diaz shot was parried by Albo, falling in to the path of Moises Gomez. That allowed Gomez a simple tap-in but he was offside by the slightest of margins, keeping it scoreless.
With six minutes to play a flowing counter attack stole the win for Reagan as they worked down the field. Alan Salgado did the work, making a long run, which allowed him to play the ball left for Emiliano Cuadra who scored, sending a shot across the face to win the match.