Reynolds soccer wins nail-biter against Gresham
The Gresham boy's soccer team visited Reynolds High School for a back and forth battle that would be won by the home team on Oct. 19.
Gresham came into the match with a 4-2 league record and a two game winning streak. Reynolds had a solid 4-1-1 record and had just come off a tough loss against Clackamas.
The two teams were physical all the way through, but the edge seemed to go in the way of the Raiders. The home team kept the pressure on the Gresham defense and took significantly more shots on goal than the Gophers.
Time of possession also went in favor of the Raiders. The team showed off its great passing and footwork as it kept the ball away from the Gophers for the majority of the time. When Gresham did get the ball its offense did little with it.
Despite Reynolds' near constant attack, Gresham was able to collapse on any attempts on goal and made a clear shot impossible. At the half the score was 0-0.
After the first half, the Gophers returned to the field with a new spark and started taking more chances on offense.
The game was heated throughout, but in the second half Reynolds instigated multiple yellows. Back talk and insults between the two teams weren't hard to miss.
"You know these kids know each other, and that stuff just happens when two teams are familiar with each other," said Allen Berry, Reynolds head coach.
The verbal sparring matched the play on the field. Both teams took shoots from all parts of the field, each desperate to put away the other.
It was nearing the end when Reynolds forward Jhovany Gaytan had a clean break and was barreling down the edge of the field toward goal when he was tripped up just within the penalty box.
Gaytan scored the penalty kick with ease and the Raiders were up 1-0. The home team held on for the next few minutes to win the match.
"We know them and it was a big game for us to come out here and beat them on our home field," said Saul Martinez, Raider's captain and defender.
The Raiders are atop the division going into the team's last against David Douglas. Gresham is staying in the middle of the Mt. Hood Conference as they enter its last game against Centennial.
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