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Sparks boys soccer escapes with two crossover victories
by Tribune Staff
Sep 08, 2012 | 2230 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Sparks boys soccer team has not been challenged much by Humboldt League teams in the past, but that all changed Saturday in Truckee during a crossover league doubleheader.

The Railroaders took on Elko in an early-morning clash and earned a 3-1 triumph.

Ruben Pacheco got Sparks on the scoreboard in the seventh minute on the first of two assists by Kevin Partida.

Oscar Gomez put them ahead 2-0 in the 17th minute, but the Indians were able to cut the deficit in half with nine minutes to play in the first half.

But Pacheco recorded an assist on a Jose Rios’ goal a minute later for the game’s final marker.

Renaldo Hernandez had five saves in the first half, while Juan L. Hernandez added three in the second for the Maroon and Gold.

Then things got interesting. With an approximately six-hour long break in between games, Sparks had to play from behind for the first time this fall.

Trailing 2-1 early in the second half, the Railroaders needed three second-half goals to escape with a 4-3 victory over Spring Creek.

Pacheco scored goals in the ninth and 45th minutes off assists by Juan A. Hernandez and Hector Hernandez respectively.

Hector Hernandez received a pass from Partida and scored in the 66th minute. Three minutes later Partida scored what proved to be the game-winner.

The Railroaders played Elko and Spring Creek a week earlier in Fallon in a doubleheader, combining to beat the opponents by a 12-0 score.

“These are league games. We were missing a few players, and the boys responded to get the win,” Sparks boys soccer coach Frank Avilla said. “I’m seeing some things out there that I’m sure the boys will respond to and get it corrected in practice. Take nothing away from Elko and Spring Creek. They both played very, very hard today.”

Sparks (11-0, 3-0) will play its first home game Tuesday against North Tahoe at 5 p.m.

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