Truckee scored the lone goal of the match about 10 minutes in when a bouncing ball from 30 yards out hopped over goalie Ronaldo Hernandez's head.
Fifteen minutes later, a Sparks shot attempt deflected off the crossbar to a Railroader who headed the ball at the goal but was blocked by the Truckee goalie. The ball deflected to Ruben Pacheco (11 goals this season) who headed the ball home but was called for offside.
"It was just the way the ball bounced today," coach Frank Avilla said. "We outplayed them. We out-shot them. We just need to finish better."
Sparks outshot Truckee 27-11.
The game was physical, resulting in 24 penalties. Truckee was whistled 17 times to Sparks' seven.
After scoring goals like it was easy to open the season, Avilla said his boys were frustrated to be blanked but he also says they were uncomfortable playing the game of catchup.
"I think we panicked a little bit as a team, that's maturity and that comes with more seasoned play," Avilla said. "Those things happen but I honestly think it's not going to deter them. If anything, it's going to be fuel for the fire for them to work harder. At least that's what I saw tonight after the game."
The Railroaders will start working on that fire at an 8 a.m. practice Saturday morning.
"We are going to work harder than we ever have," Avilla said.
Now at 4-1, 3-1 in league games, Sparks plays at Spring Creek Friday and at Elko Saturday. And for those interested in rivalries and revenge games, Truckee comes to Sparks Friday, Oct. 25.