Ruben Pacheco stayed on his scoring frenzy, scoring twice for the second straight game. The senior sensation scored goals in the 17th and 34th minutes to give the Railroaders a 2-0 lead at the half.
“Ruben is continuing to get his goals despite having to get through two, three or four defenders,” Sparks coach Frank Avilla said. “He is one of the best to play the position (forward) at Sparks High. He’s a blessing.”
Oscar Gomez added two goals of his own in the 44th and 45th minutes to push the margin to four.
Now starting to take a peak at the playoffs, Avilla played much of his bench to get his starters off the field and to bolster his bench’s experience.
“You never know what’s going to happen in this sport. People say it’s not a contact sport, but from what I see, it’s very definitely a contact sport,” Avilla said. “You just don’t know. Any given day, someone can go do down. We’re blessed to be two or three deep at each position.”
The Railroaders have six league matches left and will play at Lowry Tuesday.
The Sparks girls capped their eastern Nevada trip Saturday. They are going to enjoy sleeping in their beds when they get home.
The Railroaders were thumped 5-0 by Spring Creek Friday and lost their gifted freshman goalie Senifa Po’oi early in the game after she injured her shoulder in a collision with two Spring Creek players.
“That took the fire out of us,” Sparks coach Jerry Miller said.
On Saturday, the deflated Sparks bunch allowed six first-half goals in an 8-1 loss to Elko.
With Po’oi out and no true backup goalie, Miller tried two different girls in the goal but admitted, “it didn’t really work.”
Paoloa Corral scored the Railroaders' lone goal of the weekend in the second half after sitting out the first half nursing an injury from Friday.
“For how bad we got beat, it was amazing how hard the girls played the whole game,” Miller said. “We look forward to next week. This trip is always a killer.”
Sparks hosts Lowry Tuesday.