By Shyene Joubert, reporting intern
The Cougars boys soccer team triumphed 2-0 at home over the Miners Wednesday night.
After several shots from both teams, the scoreboard still loomed with two zeros well into the second half. Daniel Vazquez finally scored the first goal of the night in the 64th minute. Six minutes later, his teammate, David Trujillo, secured another.
“Overall, we played well,” Spanish Springs junior midfielder Daniel Vazquez said. “We missed a lot of chances (earlier), so I just took the shot.”
The Cougars’ coach, Winston Mora agreed that while the team played well, there were a lot of opportunities they were unable to capitalize on.
The Miners’ coach, Zach Besso, said he is proud of the improvement his team demonstrated in the loss.
“The match went well,” Besso said. “We’ve been working on defense, and we’ll evolve on offensive tactics.”
Spanish Springs (1-1) hosts Carson at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Sparks knocks off defending state champs
The Sparks boys soccer team opened DI-A North play in dominant fashion Wednesday night, scoring three second-half goals at Truckee in a 3-0 win over the defending state champion Wolverines.
The Railroaders improved to 5-1, 1-0 with the shutout win in a rematch of last year’s DI-A North title game. Sparks won that regional title game, 2-1, before Truckee went on to claim the state title. With the loss, the Wolverines dropped to 3-4, 0-1.
Neither team found the net in the first half before Sparks coach Frank Avilla said his squad made “adjustments” that led to three goals in the final 40 minutes. Genaro Vazquez netted two of the goals while Eric Cervantes accounted for the third.
Vazquez, a junior, has scored five of Sparks’ 10 goals this fall.
The Railroaders continue DI-A North play Saturday with their home opener against Fernley. First touch is at noon.
Raiders shut out in Carson
The Raiders dropped to 1-1-0 on the season with a lopsided 4-0 loss at Carson Wednesday night.
Neither team managed to get on the board in the first 40 minutes before the Senators unloaded four goals in the second half.
“Their four goals came off of defensive breakdowns in the back field,” Reed coach Joel Martinez said.
Brian Llamas scored in the 53rd and 55th minutes to spot the hosts a 2-0 lead before Rogelio Herrera extended the lead to 3-0 in the 60th and Guillermo Hernandez snuck a shot into Reed’s goal in the final minute.
“Overall this was a good wakeup call against a quality opponent and our squad learned from our errors,” Martinez said. “(It is a) young season and we are going to get ready for Damonte Ranch on Saturday.”
The Raiders host the Mustangs on Saturday at 1 p.m.