The league-leading Railroaders continued to roll on Saturday with a 3-0 home win over Lowry.
Sparks improved to 11-1-1, 7-0-1 in the DI-A North. Lowry dropped to 4-6-1, 3-4-1.
Eric Cervantes scored the first goal of the afternoon, unassisted, in the 33rd minute.
Brandon Paz (67’) got some help from Omar Vasquez and Alex Medina (79’) accounted for the final scoring of the afternoon.
Sparks hosts Truckee in a pivotal league meeting on Wednesday.
Spanish Springs, McQueen draw
By Jasmine Gutierrez, reporting intern
The Cougars traveled to McQueen on Saturday afternoon where they earned a point with a 2-2 draw.
The Cougars moved to 2-3-4, 2-3-4 in league. McQueen moved 1-7-3, 1-5-1.
“We are playing good, but we aren’t finishing.” Spanish Springs coach Winston Mora said.
The Cougars were down in the second half 2-1, but Jose Estrada beat the final whistle with a goal in the 79th minute.
“We played good, but we had a couple chances that we should have finished,” Estrada said. “We need to finish, and on the defensive side we just need to be more solid.”
Andrew Palmer put McQueen ahead 1-0 in the first half, in the 36th minute. Palmer also scored McQueen’s last goal in the second half, in the 45th minute, putting the Lancers in a 2-0 lead.
The Cougars started the comeback in the second half in the 58th minute with a goal from Court Diesner before Estrada tied the game in the last minute.
The Cougars play a home game against North Valleys on Wednesday.
Reed falls at North Valleys, 3-2
By Shyene Joubert, reporting intern
The Raiders fell on the road Saturday afternoon at North Valleys, 3-2.
Reed dropped to 2-6-1, 2-6-1 in the DI North while North Valleys improved to 9-5-0, 6-3-0.
The Panthers’ Jose “Lalo” Contreras scored in the sixth minute of the match, giving the hosts an early lead. Kevin Carrillo scored in the 65th minute to break a 1-1 tie, followed by Contreras, again, minutes later.
Reed’s Kairo Collazo secures a miraculous goal with thirty seconds left on the clock, bringing the team one-step closer to a tie.
Reed’s first goal of the game came in the 37th minute by Alex Reyes on a penalty kick.
Despite a majority of the first half being played on the Raiders’ side of the field, Reed was unable to take an early lead.
“We aren’t playing bad—we just aren’t winning,” Reed coach Joel Martinez said. “We are missing opportunities and need to be more consistent. We are in a slump, but that’s no reason to give up. We still have a lot of soccer left and it usually comes down to the last few games.”
Reed hosts Reno on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.