In the midst of a playoff race, the Sparks girls soccer team lost its second-straight contest, 4-1, at Fallon on Wednesday.
The Railroaders (8-7-2, 8-5-2) entered the match in third place in the DI-A North, four points ahead of Lowry, but suffered their second lopsided loss of the year to the Greenwave (8-6-4, 6-4-2). Sparks lost to Fallon 5-2 last month at home.
“I’m not sure what it is that every time we play against Fallon that we can’t play the futbol the way we can,” Sparks coach Art Hurtado said. “We make simple mistakes that cost us the game … Physically, we are there.”
Sparks trailed 2-0 at the half and was outscored 2-1 over the final 40 minutes.
The top six teams in the DI-A North qualify for the postseason. Sparks hasn’t mathematically clinched a spot but is in a good spot to return to the postseason after missing out last season.
The Railroaders have three games left in the regular season—all of which will be at home.
The string of home games to conclude the regular season starts on Saturday against second-place South Tahoe. First touch is at noon.
“(We’re) back at it tomorrow to prepare for South Tahoe which will be a tough game,” Hurtado said.
Sparks fell at South Tahoe, 6-1, in September.